Of all the challenging aspects of Satanism, blasphemy is perhaps at the top. I have known people to literally weep with horror when they first encounter the concept of the Black Mass, and others to simply shut down and say, “I can’t do this,” when they are confronted with the full breadth of Satanic blasphemy.
Blasphemy can be an important part of Satanism. But there are many different types of blasphemy, and I believe that understanding them might help outsiders better engage in inter-religious dialogue with the Satanic community. (It’s also important to note that there are many Satanists who don’t connect deeply with the notion of blasphemy at all.)
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In this episode of Sacred Tension, I speak with La Carmina about her new book The Little Book of Satanism. We discuss the deep roots of Satanic thought, key historic moments that shaped modern Satanism, the Satanic subculture in Japan, and much more.
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In this episode of Sacred Tension, Lucien Greaves and I talk about the attempted assassination of free speech hero Salman Rushdie, the Fourth Tenet of the Satanic Temple, the importance of offense in a pluralistic democracy, how Surveillance Capitalism destroys the marketplace of ideas, and much more.
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In this episode of Sacred Tension, I speak with Buddhist Minister Levi Walbert about his recent thesis on the theology of The Satanic Temple. We discuss the similarities between Buddhism and Satanism; Satanic aesthetic, practice, and philosophy as vehicles for transcendence; the nature of religion, and much more.
Levi Walbert is a Minister with the Bright Dawn practicing Jodo Shinshu.
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I’ve been a Satanist long enough now to notice some patterns in how people react to the news that I’m a Satanist.
What I find most fascinating about these reactions is how inflexible they are. They seem to be manifestations of buried beliefs that are incredibly resistant to change. With very rare exceptions, I haven’t seen any of these attitudes shift in response to new information or perspectives.
Without further ado, here is my field guide to reactions to Satanism.
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In this episode of Sacred Tension, Lucien Greaves and I discuss the recent arson attack on The Satanic Temple headquarters, the overturning of Roe V Wade, and the purity spirals of the left.
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In this episode of Sacred Tension, I am joined by Satanic columnist Jack Matirko to discuss his new book Needs Must: Life and Times in Satanic America 2017-2021. We discuss the highlights of recent Satanic history, his religious upbringing, and his investigations into Christian theocrats.
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In this episode of Sacred Tension, I speak with Minister James Payne about The Satanic Temple’s Uniformed Coalition Campaign. We also discuss his activism for religious minorities within the military, his journey to Satanism, and the tensions within our religious community over military and police.
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In this episode of Sacred Tension, I am joined by my friend and Satanic Temple colleague Chalice Blythe to discuss the likely demise of Roe V Wade and bodily autonomy.
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In this episode of Sacred Tension, I speak with Satanist and scholar of monasticism Sister Zither about how we might incorporate monastic practice into modern Satanism.
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