Drawing Down the Moon: Witches, Druids, Goddess-Worshippers and Other Pagans in America by Margot Adler

Fear, ignorance, and hate are the very things that keep "alternative" views, and those who live them, marginalized and oppressed.  This bigotry can manifest at any level from simply turning a blind eye in the hopes that such people will go away to something more brutal: a beating, a lynching, a murder.  A holocaust.  A … Continue reading Drawing Down the Moon: Witches, Druids, Goddess-Worshippers and Other Pagans in America by Margot Adler

The Orthodox Christian Church: History, Beliefs, and Practices by Prof. Peter Bouteneff

While not part of The Great Courses series, this is a lecture series very much in that tradition.  Professor Peter Bouteneff is an instructor at Saint Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary.  His lectures are, as the title suggests, designed as an introduction to the history, beliefs, and practices of the Orthodox Church. From time to time, … Continue reading The Orthodox Christian Church: History, Beliefs, and Practices by Prof. Peter Bouteneff

Hide and Seek

Yesterday I was immersed in the music that influenced me.  Even after the blogs were posted, I spent all day just listening.  I relived, and in some cases rediscovered, a lot of memories.  All in all, it was a gratifying experience. Today, other memories resurfaced.  Being a lazy Sunday morning, and being awake far too … Continue reading Hide and Seek

The Rite of Exorcism: The Roman Ritual: Rules, Procedures, Prayers of the Catholic Church by Michael Freze, S.F.O.

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.