The Devil in Brief

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

Satanic Identity

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”

Paying Attention to What’s Behind the Conversion Curtain