CHILDREN OF LUCIFER is enacted against the historic background of the fourth century A.D., the period of the great conflict between Hellenism and Christianity; but the impetuous spirits of the two leading characters break through and transcend this conflict, in their aspiration towards an ideal of Man and Woman which neither History nor Legend nor Poetry has as yet realized—namely a Love that pours forth in a united companionship that is active. In this drama the man embodies the spirit of Hellenism, the woman personifies the soul of Christianity, and their fusion is accomplished by the miracle of Love. That which associates and unites them is an integral and absolute love, at once human and divine, passionate and spiritual, a love fertilizing, redeeming and creative. Both give themselves freely, each of them is submerged in the other, and each is reborn in the other to rise re-enriched, so that they form one single being whose power is multiplied a hundredfold by the two magnetic poles. Phosphoros becomes the conscience of Cleonice and Cleonice becomes the soul of Phosphoros. Thus the action of this free pair is liberating; and thus they shed around them a new life, and without intending it, beget a new religion. From their radiance the free city is born.
Such a pair, however, cannot long triumph in the world into which they are born. They are fated to succumb in their daring campaign against Caesar and the Church, and can only affirm their victory by means of their death. Only thus will they bequeath to mankind the testament of their faith under the sign of Lucifer.
Lucifer, the Spirit of Science, Freedom and Human Individuality, is an implacable adversary of the Church in its present form, but he is not an adversary of Christ, although he unfolds himself in an inverse direction; he is rather Christ’s complement. For there is a point at which the man who seeks to become a god coincides with the god-made man—the point at which Science becomes Wisdom by blending with Love.
Children of Lucifer