158 episodes

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
    • 4.9 • 63 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.

    Mini Episode: On Atheistic Mysticism

    Mini Episode: On Atheistic Mysticism

    You can find the full transcript of this mini-episode here: https://stephenbradfordlong.com/2021/03/24/on-atheistic-mysticism/ 


    Become a patron so I can continue my crippling content creation addiction: https://www.patreon.com/StephenBradfordLong


    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. https://thesatanictemple.tv/


    Read my dozens of articles on Satanism, skepticism, religion, etc.: https://stephenbradfordlong.com/


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    • 8 min
    intersectional Demonology with S. Jonathon O'Donnell

    intersectional Demonology with S. Jonathon O'Donnell

    In this episode I speak with religious scholar and intersectional demonologist S. Jonathon O'Donnell. We discuss their new book Passing Orders: Demonology and Sovereignty in American Spiritual Warfare, which is an examination of how American Evangelical beliefs about spiritual warfare intersect with transphobia, racism, and homophobia. Buy the book here: https://www.amazon.com/s?k=passing+orders&ref=nb_sb_noss 


    Become a patron so I can continue my crippling content creation addiction: https://www.patreon.com/StephenBradfordLong


    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. https://thesatanictemple.tv/


    Read my dozens of articles on Satanism, skepticism, religion, etc.: https://stephenbradfordlong.com/


    Join my Discord server: https://discord.gg/PrDU4zx


    Find other Rock Candy podcasts: https://www.rockcandyrecordings.com/


    The music is by The Jellyrox: https://open.spotify.com/artist/7uO3W7ZaXXbVS1xfuNSX2c?si=rRsDof58Q4mwO5VLqysgKg


    And Eleventyseven: https://open.spotify.com/artist/6QcsVvR5z15HL7FT4QF2KD?si=8aPrj9TPT4WjfpifYBXOOQ


    Join my mailing list: https://mailchi.mp/26d6f66bc739/stephenbradfordlong


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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Mini Episode: I'm An Intellectual Groupie and You Probably Are Too

    Mini Episode: I'm An Intellectual Groupie and You Probably Are Too

    Find the transcript of this mini-episode here: https://stephenbradfordlong.com/2021/05/12/im-an-intellectual-groupie-and-you-probably-are-too/ 


    This episode is written and performed by Stephen Bradford Long and produced, edited, and scored by Dante Salamone. 


    Become a patron so I can continue my crippling content creation addiction: https://www.patreon.com/StephenBradfordLong


    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. https://thesatanictemple.tv/


    Read my dozens of articles on Satanism, skepticism, religion, etc.: https://stephenbradfordlong.com/


    Join my Discord server: https://discord.gg/PrDU4zx


    Find other Rock Candy podcasts: https://www.rockcandyrecordings.com/


    The music is by The Jellyrox: https://open.spotify.com/artist/7uO3W7ZaXXbVS1xfuNSX2c?si=rRsDof58Q4mwO5VLqysgKg


    And Eleventyseven: https://open.spotify.com/artist/6QcsVvR5z15HL7FT4QF2KD?si=8aPrj9TPT4WjfpifYBXOOQ


    Join my mailing list: https://mailchi.mp/26d6f66bc739/stephenbradfordlong


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    • 5 min
    Black Nonbelievers with Mandisa Thomas

    Black Nonbelievers with Mandisa Thomas

    In this episode of Sacred Tension, I speak with Mandisa Thomas, founder and president of Black Nonbelievers. We discuss the experience of being a black atheist, the black church in America, racism in the atheist community, and much more. 


    Find Black Nonbelievers here: https://blacknonbelievers.org/


    Become a patron so I can continue my crippling content creation addiction: https://www.patreon.com/StephenBradfordLong


    Let me know your thoughts by leaving a comment or writing an email. If your feedback is excellent I might feature it in my monthly Best Comments series. https://stephenbradfordlong.com/contact/


    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. https://thesatanictemple.tv/


    Read my dozens of articles on Satanism, skepticism, religion, etc.: https://stephenbradfordlong.com/


    Join my Discord server: https://discord.gg/PrDU4zx


    Find other Rock Candy podcasts: https://www.rockcandyrecordings.com/


    The music is by The Jellyrox: https://open.spotify.com/artist/7uO3W7ZaXXbVS1xfuNSX2c?si=rRsDof58Q4mwO5VLqysgKg


    And Eleventyseven: https://open.spotify.com/artist/6QcsVvR5z15HL7FT4QF2KD?si=8aPrj9TPT4WjfpifYBXOOQ


    Join my mailing list: https://mailchi.mp/26d6f66bc739/stephenbradfordlong


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    • 54 min
    Depravity, Horror, and Transgressive Media with May of Nyx Fears

    Depravity, Horror, and Transgressive Media with May of Nyx Fears

    In this episode of Sacred Tension, I speak with musician and Youtuber May of Nyx Fears. We discuss transgressive media, horror, fascism, trauma, childhood neglect, LGBT representation in horror, the moral complexity of extreme media, and much more. Watch May's youtube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/user/BrutalMovieReview
    Become a patron so I can continue my crippling content creation addiction: https://www.patreon.com/StephenBradfordLong
    Let me know your thoughts by leaving a comment or writing an email. If your feedback is excellent I might feature it in my monthly Best Comments series. https://stephenbradfordlong.com/contact/
    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. https://thesatanictemple.tv/
    Read my dozens of articles on Satanism, skepticism, religion, etc.: https://stephenbradfordlong.com/
    Join my Discord server: https://discord.gg/PrDU4zx
    Find other Rock Candy podcasts: https://www.rockcandyrecordings.com/
    The music is by The Jellyrox: https://open.spotify.com/artist/7uO3W7ZaXXbVS1xfuNSX2c?si=rRsDof58Q4mwO5VLqysgKg
    And Eleventyseven: https://open.spotify.com/artist/6QcsVvR5z15HL7FT4QF2KD?si=8aPrj9TPT4WjfpifYBXOOQ
    Join my mailing list: https://mailchi.mp/26d6f66bc739/stephenbradfordlong
    Follow me on Twitter: https://twitter.com/stephenblong
     
     

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Black Satanist, Comedian, and Senatorial Candidate Steve Hill

    Black Satanist, Comedian, and Senatorial Candidate Steve Hill

    In this episode of Sacred Tension, I speak with comedian, Satanist, and former senatorial candidate Steve Hill. We discuss police brutality, racism, the prison system, comedy, his journey to Satanism, and much more. 
    Follow Steve on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/steve.hill.378
    Become a patron so I can continue my crippling content creation addiction: https://www.patreon.com/StephenBradfordLong
    Let me know your thoughts by leaving a comment or writing an email. If your feedback is excellent I might feature it in my monthly Best Comments series. https://stephenbradfordlong.com/contact/
    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. https://thesatanictemple.tv/
    Read my dozens of articles on Satanism, skepticism, religion, etc.: https://stephenbradfordlong.com/
    Join my Discord server: https://discord.gg/PrDU4zx
    Find other Rock Candy podcasts: https://www.rockcandyrecordings.com/
    The music is by The Jellyrox: https://open.spotify.com/artist/7uO3W7ZaXXbVS1xfuNSX2c?si=rRsDof58Q4mwO5VLqysgKg
    And Eleventyseven: https://open.spotify.com/artist/6QcsVvR5z15HL7FT4QF2KD?si=8aPrj9TPT4WjfpifYBXOOQ
    Join my mailing list: https://mailchi.mp/26d6f66bc739/stephenbradfordlong
    Follow me on Twitter: https://twitter.com/stephenblong

    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
63 Ratings

63 Ratings

Skalding ,

Wonderful Podcast

As a newcomer to Satanism, I find this podcast to be an amazing resource. The interviews with leaders in the community are a great resource and fun to listen to. But beyond that, I find that his guests often challenge my worldview, and lead me to re-evaluate my positions. The recent episode on free speech is a particular example that really challenged a viewpoint that I took for granted, which I love.

Jeanotte Devereaux ,

Cream of the Proverbial Crop

Stephen Bradford Long is a once-in-a-generation type of person. Somehow, even though we have never met, he has been the guiding light of my burgeoning Satanism and a friendly presence throughout quarantine. Stephen has been there at every step and turn answering questions I did not know I had and discussing topics I’ve never been able to discuss with anyone else. Sacred Tension has been an enlightening and unfailing beacon as I have navigated the dissolution of my Catholicism (and belief in god), my familial estrangement, and my recent journey into the Satanic community. Stephen speaks to listeners rather than talking at them. I find myself chortling or verbally responding during podcast episodes...completely forgetting he and his guests are not actually in the room with me. Sacred Tension is an irreverently reverent space which I absolutely revere! I wish the very best to Stephen and all of the Sacred Tension guests. Hail Satan!

Gazaleh..... ,

Amazing, Far-reaching Podcast

Thank you so much for the time you put into your podcast. You navigate so many topics, and have wonderful guests. I joined TST just prior to the pandemic, so I came across it. I’ve been remodeling my parents’ house by myself since August, and your conversations have been so enjoyable especially being by myself so much! 5 stars!

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