In this episode of Sacred Tension, I’m joined by gay activist, author, and Brookings Institute scholar Jonathan Rauch to discuss his recent article Uncanceling Ourselves. We discuss how a tiny minority of activists have an outsized chilling effect on necessary discourse, and steps we can take to free ourselves from a fearful mindset.Continue reading “Sacred Tension: Uncanceling Ourselves | Jonathan Rauch”
In this episode of Sacred Tension, I’m joined by Brookings Institute scholar Richard Reeves to discuss his new book Of Boys and Men. We discuss the unique challenges facing boys and men, how intersectionality is a valuable tool, the crisis of meaning among some men, whether porn is a negative force in society, and much more.Continue reading “Sacred Tension: Of Boys and Men | Richard Reeves”
In this episode of Sacred Tension, I’m joined by podcaster David Rutledge of ABC’s The Philosopher’s Zone to talk about his religious upbringing, his interest in Satanism, his loss of religious faith, and his objections to public intellectuals who take an over-simplified and divisive approach to “postmodernism.”Continue reading “Sacred Tension: Derrida, The Exorcist, and Losing Faith | David Rutledge of The Philosopher’s Zone”
In this episode of Sacred Tension, I am joined by Dr. Zoe Alderton to explore the Snapewives: a short-lived new religious movement that declared Professor Snape from the Harry Potter books their master and husband.Continue reading “Sacred Tension: Snapewives | Dr. Zoe Alderton”
In this episode of Sacred Tension, I’m joined once more by gun advocate, youtuber, Minister of Satan, and good friend Karl Kasarda to have a raw conversation about the ethics of gun rights. We discuss the high rates of suicide by gun, the prevalence of gun violence in the United States, and why minorities need the right to bear arms.
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In this episode of Sacred Tension, I’m joined by Satanic minister and expert in ritual Shiva Honey to discuss her new book The Devil’s Death: Your Satanic Companion for Grief and Dying. We discuss the utility of ritual, our cultural aversion to discussing death and dying, the dangers of the medical field, protecting your bodily autonomy in death, and much more.Continue reading “Sacred Tension: The Devil’s Death | Shiva Honey”
In this episode of Sacred Tension, I’m joined by Lucien Greaves to discuss The Satanic Temple’s legal battle against religious discrimination in Boston.Continue reading “Sacred Tension: The Satanic Temple vs Religious Discrimination | Lucien Greaves”
In this episode of Sacred Tension, I’m joined by author, activist, and storyteller Gareth Higgins to talk about his new book How Not To Be Afraid. We discuss the challenges some modern men face, how growing up during the Troubles in northern Ireland informs his storytelling, how to tell stories that are both true and empowering, and much more.Continue reading “Sacred Tension: How Not To Be Afraid | Gareth Higgins”
In this episode in Sacred Tension, I am joined by my friend Matt Langston of the formerly Christian pop punk band Eleventyseven to explore the finer points of Satanic religious blasphemy.Continue reading “Sacred Tension: Religious Blasphemy 101 | Matt Langston”
In this episode of Sacred Tension, I am joined by dandy and Minister of Satan Vyvyan des Esseintes to discuss the restorative power of enjoying things in times of crisis. We discuss fandoms, music, wrestling, Magic: The Gathering, and much more.Continue reading “Sacred Tension: Just Enjoy Things | Vyvyan des Esseintes”