Angel Millar’s Crescent And The Compass Book Now Available

For readers interested in following my writing outside of Phalanx, I have just released a revised and updated (and I think considerably improved) edition of my Crescent and The Compass: Islam, Freemasonry, Esotericism and Revolution in the Modern Age. It’s available through the usual channels, including here (for the USA) and here (for those in Britain). There is also a forthcoming French edition. Continue reading “Angel Millar’s Crescent And The Compass Book Now Available”

Fauda: An Incomplete Narrative

Sincerity is a universal virtue and it is a necessity in warrior culture. One must be sincere about one’s strengths, one’s weaknesses, an enemy’s strengths and weaknesses and the reasons for the enmity. When a story is told in which characters are portrayed from both sides but the reasons for the antagonists’ actions are so clearly downplayed and even obscured, then we have an incomplete and insincere narrative.

I finished watching the second season of the hit Israeli Action Drama series, Fauda, this weekend. While I enjoyed the plot twists and character development, as well as the acting and the action sequences, something was clearly missing. The protagonists in the series are a team of Israeli operatives hunting down Palestinian terrorists. In the first season, the main antagonist is a leading Hamas operative who is thought to be dead but turns out to be alive, having faked his death. In the second season, the main antagonist is the son of a fallen Hamas leader who decides to take things to a more extreme level and raises the flag of ISIS in Palestine. Continue reading “Fauda: An Incomplete Narrative”

Interview: Inner Christianity and Esotericism With Richard Smoley

Richard Smoley is a consulting editor to Parabola magazine and the author of several books on esotericism, religion, and spirituality, including Supernatural: Writings on an Unknown History, How God Became God: What Scholars Are Really Saying about God and the Bible, and Inner Christianity: A Guide to the Esoteric Tradition.

During the 1980s, Smoley was a writer for the respected esoteric journal Gnosis, and in 1990 he became the journal’s editor. Under his editorship, Gnosis released issues on Gnosticism, Freemasonry, G.I. Gurdjieff, the spirituality of Russia, and more.

We spoke to him about the spiritual crisis of the West, alternative spirituality, and inner Christianity.  Continue reading “Interview: Inner Christianity and Esotericism With Richard Smoley”