The Quixotic Nature of Faith

“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 [...]

Not Today, Santa: I Have Seen the Father of Lies, and He is Us

“You sit on a throne of lies.” —Buddy the “Elf” It being the Christmas season and all, this past Friday Family Movie Night found my little nuclear family all huddled in obeisance before the flat-screened iconostasis, watching the 2003 Will Ferrell flick Elf.  Part of what makes the movie so brilliant to me is its [...]

“The Devil’s Fane” origin story: The phrase, dummy, not the website

In case you missed the memo, the phrase “the devil’s fane” is kind of important around here at—well—The Devil’s Fane. I all but fetishize these words because they encapsulate the heart of Satanic religion for me. Yet the true nature of this connection should be pretty non-obvious to those unfamiliar with the character of much [...]

“New Year—New You” and the Inherent Unfairness of Our Quest for a “Just World”

Confession It’s a new year, and I am currently fatter than I’d like to be. I may not match your idea of what fat is or isn’t, but the calculus behind my statement is an entirely internal one. I am fatter than I would like to be. The simple task of putting on my shoes [...]