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After years of struggling to reconcile being gay with my Christian faith, I've come to realize that many other people are in similar interstitial places. This podcast is an invitation to explore those uncomfortable places between religion, science, and sexuality.

Sacred Tension Stephen Long

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.8, 32 Ratings

After years of struggling to reconcile being gay with my Christian faith, I've come to realize that many other people are in similar interstitial places. This podcast is an invitation to explore those uncomfortable places between religion, science, and sexuality.

    Satanic Abortion Ritual, feat. Jane Essex of The Satanic Temple

    Satanic Abortion Ritual, feat. Jane Essex of The Satanic Temple

    In this episode of Sacred Tension I'm joined by Jane Essex, spokesperson for the Reproductive Rights Campaign of The Satanic Temple, to discuss TST's controversial new abortion ritual. Learn more about the abortion ritual at https://announcement.thesatanictemple.com/rrr-campaign41280784
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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Panpsychism, feat. Philip Goff

    Panpsychism, feat. Philip Goff

    In this episode of Sacred Tension I talk to philosopher Philip Goff about Panpsychism, which posits that consciousness is a fundamental feature of the universe. Find Philip Goff at https://www.philipgoffphilosophy.com/
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    • 1 hr 9 min
    What's Going On With Evangelicals? Feat. John Morehead

    What's Going On With Evangelicals? Feat. John Morehead

    In this episode of Sacred Tension I'm joined once again by my favorite Evangelical John Morehead to discuss the psychology of evangelicals and why they do what they do. John details his research into the emotions that drive toxic evangelical behavior.
     
    Pew Research Center - "How Americans Feel About Religious Groups," July 16, 201
    https://www.pewforum.org/2014/07/16/how-americans-feel-about-religious-groups/
     
    Pew Research Center - "Americans Express Increasingly Warm Feelings Toward Religious Groups," February 15, 2017
    https://www.pewforum.org/2017/02/15/americans-express-increasingly-warm-feelings-toward-religious-groups/
     
    Pew Research Center - "US Evangelical Christians are Chilly Toward Atheists, and the Feeling is Mutual," July 16, 2014
    https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2014/07/16/u-s-evangelical-christians-are-chilly-toward-atheists-and-the-feeling-is-mutual/
     
    Ryan S. Ritter and Jesse Lee Preston, "Gross gods and icky atheism: Disgust responses to rejected religious beliefs." Journal of Experimental Social Psychology 47 (2011): 1225-1230
    http://labs.psychology.illinois.edu/pramlab/Papers/Ritter_Preston%282011%29.pdf
     
    Ryan S. Ritter, Jesse Lee Preston, Erika Salomon, and Daniel Relihan-Johnson, "Imagine no religion: Heretical disgust, anger and the symbolic purity of mind." Cognition and Emotion 30, no. 4 (October 2016): 778-796
    https://www.researchgate.net/publication/275362856_Imagine_no_religion_Heretical_disgust_anger_and_the_symbolic_purity_of_mind
     
    Pew Research Center, "Faith: Few strong links to national identity," February 1, 2017, ("Most white evangelical Protestants say it is very important to be Christian to be truly American")
    https://www.pewresearch.org/global/2017/02/01/faith-few-strong-links-to-national-identity/
     

    Andrew L. Whitehead, Samuel L. Perry, and Joseph O. Baker, "Make America Christian Again: Christian Nationalism and Voting for Donald Trump in the 2016 Presidential Election." Sociology of Religion 70, Iss. 2 (Summer 2018): 147-171
    https://academic.oup.com/socrel/article/79/2/147/4825283
     
    Allyson F. Shortle and Ronald Keith Gaddie, "Religious Nationalism and Perceptions of Muslims and Islam." Politics and Religion 8, Iss. 3 (September 2015): 435-457
    https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/politics-and-religion/article/religious-nationalism-and-perceptions-of-muslims-and-islam/8FD27C85AEDE0B861040FC06E3DA2248
    Eric Leon McDaniel, Irfan Nooruddin, and Allyson Faith Shortle, "Divine Boundaries: How Religion Shapes Citizens' Attitudes Toward Immigrants." American Politics Research 39. mp/ 1 (2011): 205-233 
    http://www.allysonshortle.com/uploads/4/0/5/6/40561995/mcdanielnooruddinshortle.apr2011.pdf
     


    Richard Cimino, "'No God in Common:" American Evangelical Discourse After 9/11." Review of Religious Research 47. no. 2 (November 2005): 162-174
    Abstract: https://www.jstor.org/stable/3512048?seq=1
    Full Text: https://www.ezus.org/wp-content/blogs.dir/2/files/2015/10/Cimino_Evangelicals-Islam-after-9-11_05.pdf
     
    Holly A. McGregor, et al., "Terror Management and Aggression: Evidence that Mortality Salience Motivates Aggression Against Worldview-Threatening Others." Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 74, no. 3 (590-605)
    https://www.researchgate.net/publication/232558848_Terror_Management_and_Aggression_Evidence_That_Mortality_Salience_Motivates_Aggression_Against_Worldview-Threatening_OthersEnny Das, et. al., "How Terrorism News Reports Increase Prejudice against Outgroups: A Terror Management Account." Journal of Experimental Social Psychology 45, no. 3 (April 2009): 453-459
    https://www.researchgate.net/publication/222826181_How_Terrorism_News_Reports_Increase_Prejudice_against_Outgroups_A_Terror_Management_AccountJoanna Goplena nd E. Ashby Plant, "A Religious Worldview: Protecting One's Meaning System Through Prejudice." Personality and Social Psychology

    • 1 hr
    What Took You So Long? Feat. Ally Henny

    What Took You So Long? Feat. Ally Henny

    In this episode of Sacred Tension Ally Henny gives an intro on how to be good allies to the black community. She defines basic terms and gives white people some hard, probing questions. If you are new to conversations about race, this episode is for you.
     
    Ally has been writing about race, identity, culture, and racial conciliation on Twitter, her personal Facebook profile, and on her blog, The Armchair Commentary, since 2014. She is a regular contributor for The Witness: A Black Christian Collective, where she writes about black motherhood and other topics related to the black experience from a faith-based perspective. Ally has participated in several panels and facilitated discussions on America’s race issue and has conducted numerous personal education and coaching sessions for individuals seeking to participate in racial conciliation.
     
    Find Ally Henny here.
     
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    • 1 hr 16 min
    QAnon, Satanic Panic, and New Religious Movements with Prof. Megan Goodwin

    QAnon, Satanic Panic, and New Religious Movements with Prof. Megan Goodwin

    In this episode of Sacred Tension, I'm joined by religious studies professor Megan Goodwin to discuss abuse within religious communities, Satanic Panic, New Religious Movements, QAnon, her new book Abusing Religion, and more. Find Professor Goodwin here. 
    My work is sponsored by The Satanic Temple TV: a streaming platform featuring documentaries, livestreams, conversation, rituals, and more. Use my code SACREDTENSION at checkout to get one month free.
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    • 59 min
    Bubble&Squeak, feat. Peterson Toscano

    Bubble&Squeak, feat. Peterson Toscano

    In this episode of Sacred Tension I'm joined by actor, quaker, and LGBTQ/climate activist Peterson Toscano to discuss his show Bubble&Squeak. We talk about formative queer experiences, the importance of storytelling, our awkward gay sex experiences, and more. Listen to Bubble&Squeak here.
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    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
32 Ratings

32 Ratings

onesundown ,

Brilliant Man!!! A gift from The Dark Lord ^___*.

Stephen's podcast and Black Mass Appeal is where I come to meditate and absorb my dose of Satanic wisdom. Aside from being thought provoking, Sacred Tension challenges my own deeply held beliefs in a format that is very enjoyable. Also, it helps that Stephen has a great voice and sense of cadence. Come here to deconstruct your worldview and create a stronger sense of what is real and true about the spiritual experience of existence in all of its strange manifestations. The mystery is never-ending and neither should be anyone's curiosity!

slinkyson983 ,

Genuine and Earnest

Stephen is a wonderful hosts with genuine interest in what he is talking about and has a knack for finding the appropriate guest for the topic.

Kahiniwalla ,

Good News for Queer Folk

Wow! I just listened to 2/3 of the “Timothy” trilogy and it is a deep dive into queer theology fleshed out in a life.

Atheism or agnosticism seems to be the least painless option for queer people of faith in toxic environments but Timothy refused to shy away from the liminal spaces of desire and mystery.

Equally accessible for straight and queer folks alike this podcast is well produced and not too full of insider terminology or humor (although it is undoubtably there).

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