I’m a linguist by vocation and formal training. As such, languages have long been a hobby of mine, as well as objects of intellectual scrutiny.
One of my favorite series of self-study language guides has always been the British Teach Yourself books. Several years back, the publishers of that series retooled their language-learning product line, rechristening the books Complete [Insert Name of Language Here] and beginning each one with as many as three different introductions geared to provide only a very little or a relatively full amount of information depending on whether you, the reader, had just five, ten, or fifteen minutes to spare in reading them.
Think of this Devil in Brief page as a version of the Teach Yourself books’ graded introductions. It’s a place where you can accomplish two principal aims.
First, you can read answers to some commonly asked questions regarding Satan, Satanism, and this website. You’ll find these responses in the cascading menu items under the The Devil in Brief tab.
Second, you can peruse links to five-minute-or-less executive summaries of the posts that appear elsewhere on the site in longer—often much longer—form. Each summary links to the full piece. If you’re brave (or maybe reckless) enough to just want to go ahead and look on the long-form posts in all their protracted glory, click here instead.
Declaring yourself a Satanist
Is Satanism Evil?
The Left-Hand Path
Religious pluralism versus religious unity in America: Which is real and which an illusion?
The Reality of Religious Pluralism in the U.S., Part 2
The Reality of Religious Pluralism in the U.S., Part 3
The secret Satanism of Babette’s sensual feast of earthly delights
Religious Freedom Day, 2018
Just Desserts Just Aren’t Just: Musings for the New Year
Unscrupulous Hugs: A Love Letter
When Non-Joiners Wanna Join
Tanis, Tannis, and Satan: A Stinky Herb and a Fishy Story
Why I Acquired a Taste for the Acquired Taste of Satanic Aesthetics
A Wretched Defense of Wretched Writ
Satanism, Piracy, and Playing well with Others
What Has WHITE Supremacy to do with the BLACK Flame?
Who is the “We” who Trust in God?
A Satanic take on Father’s Day & the Mythos of Filial Piety
What real concern for the kids looks like
In search of the “Devil’s Fane”
You can’t be branché if you’re not even plugged in
Working on the Wrong Side of a Locked Door
Seeking Superiority Over Others Doesn’t Make You Exceptional; It Makes You Common
Speech, Sex, and Imposition
Missionaries and Imposing Communication
To Tinkerers, Everything Looks like an Artifact
How Traditional Religions Ensure Their Tradition of Dominance over Individuals
An Abundance of Meaning from a relative Paucity of Symbols
A Downside to Reading?
Satanism’s Freedom to Imagine Afresh
Elf and the Real Spirit of Christmas Epistemology
Religion and the Piety of Pee in the Peruvian Andes
Bathrooms, Freedom from Oppression, and the Yellow Flow
Celebrating Frustration near the New Year: A Festivus Story
On Externalization and the Theistic/Atheistic Divide within Satanism
Addendum to the Theism/Atheism Debate
Nothing new under the sun, eh? How ‘bout among what lurks in the darkness, then?
Satanism and Religion: Difficult Stretch or Easy Fit?
Something Hollow in the State of Satanism
Are You Serious?
Addendum to “Demonization in the Time of COVID-19”