JD Sword

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Diabolus in Musica

Diabolus in Musica: Did the Catholic Church Ban the Tritone for Being “the Devil in Music”?

On this episode, the Satanic Skeptic, JD Sword, examines the musical myth that the Catholic Church banned what’s known as the tritone during the Middle Ages for being “Diabolus in Musica”. High Priest Peter Gilmore and others provide historical context and a technical explanation of the tritone and its usage. Is there any truth to this myth and what relationship does the tritone have to rock and heavy metal music? The Devil in the Details Podcast—Episode 15: Diabolus in Musica Skeptical Inquirer Article

Skeptical Inquirer: Pastor Claims Demon Revealed Identities of Six "Witches" by JD Sword

Skeptical Inquirer: Pastor Claims Demon Revealed Identities of Six “Witches”

In his latest article for Skeptical Inquirer the Satanic Skeptic, JD Sword, examines the claim by Tennessee pastor Greg Locke that a demon revealed the names (and one address) of six “witches” who had infiltrated his congregation and made some of the faithful sick. Sword relates Locke’s accusations to centuries of witchcraft hysteria and contemporary accounts of violence against accused witches. Click here to read: Pastor Claims Demon Revealed Identities of Six “Witches”

The Devil in the Details

The Devil in the Details: “Satanic Skeptic” JD Sword on Ritual Magic and The Genealogical Adam and Eve

On the latest full episode of his podcast, The Devil in the Details, the “Satanic Skeptic” JD Sword examines ritual magic; specifically, the question of whether or not there is reason to believe ritual magic works by way of human will influencing the physical world, or, does ritual magic work on the individual as self-transformative psychodrama? Sword provides a review of several parapsychological works and research as well as the scientific objections to psi phenomena, offering his own opinion and inviting listeners to draw their own conclusions. Listen on Apple Podcasts On this mini episode, the Satanic Skeptic reviews the […]

The Devil in the Details

‎The Devil in the Details: Episode 12 – The Satanic Temple

On the latest episode of his podcast The Devil in the Details, the “Satanic Skeptic” JD Sword examines The Satanic Temple, discussing the effectiveness (or lack thereof) of their trolling strategies as well as pulling the curtain back on the origins and goings on behind-the-scenes of the organization. Sword ultimately makes the case defending the Church of Satan as the only legitimate body defining and defending the religion of Satanism, and hopes that his fellow skeptics who have until now supported TST for their Christian antagonizing, reconsider. To listen, click the links: Apple Podcasts Spotify

JD Sword: "Get Behind Me Satan! How Decades of Satanic Panic Created Qanon Today."

JD Sword: “Get Behind Me Satan! How Decades of Satanic Panic Created Qanon Today.”

It may seem like the internet conspiracy theory known as QAnon originated with the 2016 election of Donald Trump, but actually, the origins of Pizzagate and QAnon go back much further. JD Sword, the Satanic Skeptic, explores the era known as the Satanic Panic, how skeptics and Satanists fought against misinformation back then, and how those insights inform the ongoing struggle for reason and critical-thinking today. JD is a columnist for Skeptical Inquirer focusing on demonic topics.