Sacred Tension: Uncanceling Ourselves | Jonathan Rauch

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.

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Sacred Tension: Of Boys and Men | Richard Reeves

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. 

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Sacred Tension: Derrida, The Exorcist, and Losing Faith | David Rutledge of The Philosopher’s Zone

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.”

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Sacred Tension: Guns, Suicide, Violence | Karl Kasarda of InRange TV

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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Sacred Tension: The Devil’s Death | Shiva Honey

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. 

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Sacred Tension: How Not To Be Afraid | Gareth Higgins

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. 

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