Michael Freze, S.F.O. is a name amongst names when it comes to the study of demonology. He's one of the more popular names in this esoteric field, having quite literally written the book on the subject. That work is actually a 12-volume series, which stands in addition to the rest of his extensive bibliography. For the curious, S.F.O. is short … Continue reading The Rite of Exorcism: The Roman Ritual: Rules, Procedures, Prayers of the Catholic Church by Michael Freze, S.F.O.
This film is not of today or of the future. It tells of no place. It serves no tendency, party or class. It has a moral that grows on the pillar of understanding. "The mediator between brain and muscle must be the heart." On a visit to New York City, director Fritz Lang first saw … Continue reading Metropolis, 1927
This book is a reprint from 1956 that, among those with an interest in Joan, has attained an almost legendary status. We live in an age where people are eager to dismiss the presumably supernatural out of hand and tear down heroes, giving zero credence to the idea of the "great person theory." The idea … Continue reading The Maid of Orleans: The Life & Mysticism of Joan of Arc by Sven Stolpe
I started working on this post last night, and despite multiple draft saves, the server saw fit to make me start over this morning. Yay. If this seems a bit frustrated at points, now you know why. "Love Never Dies." The poster and promotional material for 1992's Bram Stoker's Dracula boldly declared that, and with … Continue reading Bram Stoker’s Dracula, 1992
Tolkien has always asserted that there was never a 1:1 corollary with between the real world and Middle-Earth, but rather that the themes presented in his books were allegories for both the events of the real world in his lifetime as well as for the religious ideas that he held dear. A staunch Catholic and … Continue reading The Gospel According to Tolkien by Ralph C. Wood
When studying the Middle Ages, Christianity isn't just so wound up with it as to be inseparable. Christendom is the world view of the age for most of Europe and for others in different parts of the known world at the time. Most overviews of this era will hopscotch around certain topics and tie it … Continue reading Medieval Christianity: A New History by Kevin J. Madigan
Anyone who thoroughly enjoys Medieval and Renaissance history as I do can tell you that the history of Christianity is so bound up with it as to be inseparable. The thing is, a great many history books will give you only what's necessary specific to the topic at hand and very little else. Even books … Continue reading Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years by Diarmaid MacCulloch
As a man interested in the lessons of history and the code of chivalry for most of my life, to the point of having learned the art of the sword (actual steel, not that foam stuff used for LARP), I was understandably curious about this title and took the plunge. Here's the bottom line of … Continue reading The Knight’s Code by Robert Noland