“JD Sword, the Satanic Skeptic, examines claims that ‘As Oppression Increases, So Too Does Witchcraft’ and ‘Magic has always been, in lore and in life, a tool of the oppressed.’ What do the authors mean by “witchcraft”? Is there good reason to believe that witchcraft is rising?” The Skeptical Inquirer: The Devil in the Details – Witchcraft Rising
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
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”
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 […]
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
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.