So I recently saw the now infamous video of Fort Worth-based televangelist Kenneth Copeland and his aged male cohort angrily addressing the novel coronavirus COVID-19 by name before giving it a “blow job” and then kindly informing the sickness that it had been thereby “destroyed forever” and would “never be back.” Am I the only … Continue reading Demonization in the Time of COVID-19
In a missive addressed to John Adams on August 15, 1820, a seventy-seven-year-old Thomas Jefferson responds to a “puzzling letter” he had received from the elder Adams the previous May dealing with weighty philosophical and spiritual topics like “matter, spirit, motion etc.” In answer to his correspondent’s complex “croud of scepticisms [sic]” which proved so … Continue reading Immediate-Returnism and Delayed-Returnism as Exocentricity and Endocentricity, Respectively
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
It was late night—or possibly early morning—during one of the socials for the local Satanic group I participate with, deep in the dog days of summer, 2017. One of the leaders of the group approached me with an idea: why didn’t I see about preparing a presentation of some sort about something having to do … Continue reading Satan at the Crossroads Lecture Series
Ira Levin’s 1967 novel Rosemary’s Baby and the eponymous 1968 Roman Polanski film based on it both make frequent reference to a mysterious substance called “Tannis Root.” In both book and movie, the substance serves as a convenient plot device and, in film parlance, MacGuffin, simultaneously both marking those who have been compromised in the … Continue reading Tanis, Egypt: Satan’s Citadel or Unholy Translational Error?