Former pick-up artist and born-again Orthodox Christian Roosh V has a new book out about his miraculous conversion away from a life of casual sex to a life devoted to serving Jesus Christ. The book, American Pilgrim, is one-part travelogue, one-part social commentary, and one-part testimony (according to what I’ve read about the book; I hope to purchase my own copy soon).
To celebrate Roosh’s nearly-four-hundred-page release, I thought it would be worth dedicating this week’s TBT to looking back at The God Pill Series, a series of three posts about Roosh’s conversion. Many of Roosh’s former colleagues in the PUA world were suspicious of his conversion, but I detected something deep and sincere in it—chiefly, because no one becomes a Christian in 2021 expecting to make more money (the primary charge being that Roosh was “reinventing” himself to cash in; unpublishing all of his pick-up books suggested otherwise).
So here’s to celebrating a new brother in Christ. Here’s April 2020’s “Lazy Sunday LIX: The God Pill Series“:
Two weeks ago, in “Lazy Sunday LVII – Christianity, Part II,” I wrote that my three “God Pill” posts “would make a really good Lazy Sunday… and out of increasing desperation to cobble together compilations, I’ll likely do it one week, with greater detail about each individual post.” Well, here we are: the desperation (and my lack of originality) has brought me to this point.
For those unfamiliar with the terminology, the concept of “pilling” someone, or of being “pilled” in some way, ultimately goes back to The Matrix. Orpheus offered Neo the blue pill, which would allow him to continue living in the simulacrum of our world, a world that was an entirely false but somewhat comforting illusion, or to take the red pill, would which would allow him to peek behind the veil and see Reality for what it truly is.
The edgier corners of the Internet began using the term “red-pilled” some years ago—I don’t know exactly when, but I saw the term used increasingly in during the long and exciting 2015-2016 election season—to refer to those who embraced the hard Truths that the mainstream media and our elites refuse to tell. They’re those comforting little lies (“Diversity is Our Strength!”) that are hammered into us from an early age at school, in the news, in pop culture, etc.
For some, red-pilling turned to the dreaded Black Pill: embracing nihilism. Black Pillers argued that the hard Truths of the Red Pill revealed to them another hard truth: that Red Pill reform is impossible at this point, as it would require an impossibly massive paradigm shift. As such, the only option was to acknowledge the Truth—and that no one would ever believe it. The Black Pillers are nihilistic Cassandras that, knowing they can’t warn the Blue Pill masses about the doom they face, instead decide to go along for the ride, seeing no other options.
But despair is a sin. Ultimately, some Red and Black Pillers, in their relentless searches for Truth, came upon THE Truth: Jesus Christ. Thus, the God Pill. They came to realize there is more to life than being good with chicks (much of the Red Pill community was centered in the manosphere) and wallowing in hopelessness.
Such was the case of Roosh V, the notorious proprietor of the now-defunct Return of Kings, and a former pick-up artist. Roosh converted to Christianity after moving through all of the phases above: Blue Pill chumpitude, Red Pill immorality, and Black Pill despair. Ultimately, he embraced Christ, and it’s been a remarkable conversion experience.
These posts detail that transformation:
- “The God Pill” (and “TBT: The God Pill“) – This original post in what I’m now dubbing The God Pill series dives into some of the history I detailed above, focusing more on the manosphere itself, and Roosh’s role in it as one of the neo-masculine trinity (alongside the other “R” names: Rollo and Roissy). It also talks about Roosh’s conversion, and the concrete changes he made at the time to live a more godly life.
- “The God Pill, Part II” – About a year after his conversion, Roosh decided to unpublish the remainder of his “game” books—books with advice for men about how to meet women. He’d already unpublished most of his more explicit works, but left his tour de force, Game, available, as he viewed it as an “agnostic tool” that could be used for good or evil—to find a good Christian wife for marriage, or to bed random floozies.
- “The God Pill, Part III” – This post delves a bit more into how Roosh began to see how debased modern society is, and what brought about his ultimate conversion to Christianity. It also ends with a reminder that “God loves you. That’s why He sent His Son to die for us.”
The Internet is a frightening place, but there are a lot of folks turning to it to find meaning. Many of them, sadly, get lost down some dark byways. But God is working even there. Roosh’s conversion is just one example of how a thoughtful, flawed individual was brought to a loving knowledge of Christ, and I hope his story will inspire others.
That’s it for this Sunday. Stay safe!
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