Occult, Spiritual Movements and Esoteric Doctrines in Russia

Occult, Spiritual Movements and Esoteric Doctrines in Russia

After the collapse of the communist system, it was not only the established denominations (the Russian Orthodox Church, various Protestant churches) that experienced a boom in Russia, as people tried to fill the spiritual and ideological vacuum left behind by the previous system.

Foreword: Disability, Metonymic Disruption, and the Gothic

Foreword: Disability, Metonymic Disruption, and the Gothic

Blind. Vampire. Amputee. Zombie. These labels serve to identify and categorize the subject to whom they are applied. In some ways, they are essentializing. Each conjures up a specific image: dark glasses, fangs, prosthetic limbs, rotting flesh.

The Rise of Luciferians and the Fall of the Knights Templars

The Rise of Luciferians and the Fall of the Knights Templars

In the thirteenth-century, a group of people called Luciferians attracted papal attention for Devil worship, and this time there can be little doubt that this is exactly what was going on. The Pope sent Conrad of Marburg, a gentleman described as a “sadistic fanatic who had been spiritual director of St. Elizabeth of Thuringia and had delighted in beating and humiliating her,” to Germany in order to squash the heresy taking place there.

Cults and Sects Accused by the Recipients of Divine Grace

Cults and Sects Accused by the Recipients of Divine Grace

One of the first groups accused by the Church of worshipping Satan in the traditionally accepted way were the Paulicians. They were a group of Armenians who lived in the Southeastern part of the Empire, out of the direct control of the Armenian Church.

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