Hot on the heels of the success of his best-selling 1970 Christian prophecy book The Late Great Planet Earth, Dispensationalist author Hal Lindsey came out with a sequel in 1972 entitled Satan is Alive and Well on Planet Earth. Lindsey attributed his motivation to pen the follow-up to years spent during the 1960s working for … Continue reading What’s Ailing Modern Satanism?
In this long series of posts on Satanic religion as I see it, I’ve argued for Satanism as a kind of contrareligion (contrary religion?). Its principal aim: to unpack and dismantle sociologist Peter Berger’s “sacred canopy” and all similar neophobic, endocentric constructs of delayed-return worldview and religiosity. I’ve argued that this essentially destructive enterprise is … Continue reading Satanism: The Contra(ry)religion
My choice to end the previous installment in this interminable series of posts about Satanism and religion with a discussion of how my personal religio of veganism limits my experience of exocentricity forms the perfect segue to this new post, which is all about how religiones limit individual experience in negative and detrimental ways. … Continue reading Animum nodis exsolvere: Unknotting the Mind and Freeing the Self from Self-Imposed Bonds, Part III or How Religiones limit personal experience
When I was younger and entertained more grandiose pretensions of becoming a literary light than I do now, I wrote the following would-be aphorism about the difference between “intellectuals” and true-believing “fanatics”: An intellectual submits the narrowness of his mind to the breadth of experience; a fanatic submits the depth and breadth of experience to … Continue reading Neophilia & Neophobia, Fear v. Wonder: Differential Effects of the Sublime on Closed and Opened Minds
The philosophical school founded in the late fourth century BCE by the iconoclastic empiricist Epicurus was quite unlike its other major Hellenistic rival, Stoicism, despite the fact that the two shared a commitment to a physical or materialist view of the world, even up to and including the human soul. The Stoics, however, argued that … Continue reading Satanism, Epicureanism, and the Unbinding of Religio
In order to begin attempting the Gordian knot of how my conception of Satanism, so keen on unknotting many of the ties that bind our delayed-return societies together in impersonal and abusive dependencies, might nonetheless comprise a kind of religiosity, we must first visit the issue of how religion came conceptually to involve the tying … Continue reading The Questionable Merit of Tying Knots: How Religio has Us All Bound Up in Them
When you try to pin it down as far as meaning is concerned, the term religion often seems something of a chimera or even cypher, telling you more about the proclivities and concerns of the would-be definers than about any supposedly objective state of affairs in the external world. If we adopt the traditional so-called … Continue reading What Counts as Religion and How is Satanism One?
In my recent piece on Santa, belief, and the violation of “slow epistemology” in traditional religion, I briefly discussed how, in his work De Carne Christi or On the Flesh of Christ, third-century CE Christian Church Father Tertullian sought to defend the Bible against claims mounted by Greek philosophers of his day that it propagated … Continue reading Fiction, Reality, and Minimal Counterintuitiveness: The Truth of Festivus
“I talk with Jesus everyday, just like this.” “You mean physically? Like you’re talking to me now?” “Yes, just like we’re talking now.” “So...you see Jesus sitting there with you, just like you see and hear me here, now?” “Yes, I do.” This was a conversation I had as an undergraduate with a pretty, wholesome girl … Continue reading The Quixotic Nature of Faith
“Is there a place in your life for God?” The question was put to me by J.A., principal of the local private Catholic high school where I was being interviewed for the position of Chair of the Foreign Language Department. Actually, if I got the job, I would be a one-man show: department head and … Continue reading Where your religion belongs