More fun with Albigensians, this time in novel form. Flicker: A Novel By Theodore Roszak Summit Books, 1991 591 Pages, US$19.95 ISBN 10:155652577X https://amzn.to/2YUEv6l One pities Mr. Roszak his reader mail, because it’s going to sound like this: At last the great conspiracy
Otto Rahn is one of those characters who would have had to be invented, if he didn’t actually exist. And if that were the case, you might accuse the author of fantastical speculations far beyond reason. This book review by John J. Reilly serves not only as a short
Ross Douthat pointed out today that atheism, as such, isn't particularly rational. For most of recorded history, gnosticism has been the preferred alternative for intellectuals to classical monotheism or paganism. The argument that God is evil is a far stronger one than that God doesn't exist.
Here is an excellent example of why I still think John J. Reilly has something to say all these years later. This book review is a synthesis of ideas he had been working on for nearly ten years, nicely summarized by the links he put in to his earlier work.
Now nearly twenty years old, this book review is a pretty good primer of the cultural movements in America that made the Da Vinci Code a best-seller. So far, the biggest religious revival of the early twenty-first century has been an increasing lack of religious affiliation at all. The Second
John major emphasis was millennialism. I think he had a minor emphasis in the occult as well, insofar as these two things have a tendency to overlap. His book reviews of occult fiction are especially good. Daemonomania by John Crowley Bantam Books, 2000 451 Pages, US$24.00 ISBN 0-553-10004-1
Anyone who studies millennial movements also ends up studying cults, which figure heavily in any study of how the end of the world intrudes upon normal life. In this review for Culture Wars, John ties in Tom Wolfe's Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test [Amazon link] as well as Robert