525 Years Ago today…
This decree came just after the co-monarchs had expelled the Moors from Spain by force of arms. The Muslim rulers of Al-Andalus had afforded special status to “People of the Book,” making Moorish Spain one of the friendliest places in medieval Europe for Jews to settle. Continue reading
In Nomine Heaven and hell in the European musical landscape c1600 Les Harpes L’Encelade ECL 1502. 63. As the subtitle suggests, In Nomine explores how the concepts of heaven and hell were portrayed in Europe during the transition between the Renaissance and Baroque period. Its publicity suggests that it “plunges into a demonic world of evanescent dreams […]
Excerpt from the article by Alse Young
Behind the pulpit at St. Paul’s Cathedral in Belgium you’ll find a statue, the Lucifer of Liège, and also the secret of why Satanists love Satan.
Last week we talked about why, contrary to the unsolicited advice most Satanists get, there’s really no downside for Satanists to publicly identify with the devil despite the taboo around it.
But that leaves an important question dangling: Why Satan in the first place?
Sure, Satan represents personal liberty, rational and scientific insight, and defiance in the face of arbitrary authority. Those are good reasons.
But we could invent other symbols for those things if we wanted to. Evidently, nobody wants to. And to understand why, go to St Paul’s.
2016 has been a crazy year. It saw the Brexit vote, the election of Donald Trump, the Ghost Ship fire (and resulting crack down on DIY spaces), and more than 1000 deaths at the hands of US police officers. It is with great pleasure that I will be focusing this 2016 on something unrelated: the highs and lows of Liber Neglecta. Continue reading
I had a rather lengthy diatribe on the 2016 election written out and ready to go before I remembered that I do not want this blog to become political.
That my politics are reflected in it is inevitable (any discussion of heaven and hell invites moral engagement on some level), but for this post I have done my best to examine the outcome of the 2016 election through the moral lens that I think each Superior represents.
This is my take on their reactions:
William Burke was one half of the pair responsible for the West Port murders committed in 19th century Edinburgh, Scotland. He and his partner, William Hare, smothered their victims and then sold the bodies to the anatomist Robert Knox. The pairs murdering spree was interrupted when lodgers at Mr. Hares boarding house discovered the body of their 16th victim.
The police could not prove the pair guilty of their murders, so the magistrates offered Mr. Hare immunity if he turned King’s evidence. After being convicted for all 16 murders, Mr Burke was hanged, his body turned over to anatomists for dissection, his skeleton put on display at Edinburgh Medical School (where it remains to this day), and a portion of his skin fashioned into a wallet.