206 episodes

Sacred Tension is the podcast about the spiritual discipline of asking questions. Every week Stephen Bradford Long covers a different topic, ranging from Satanism, to Marxism, to surviving a cult, to exploring Christianity as an LGBT person.

Sacred Tension Stephen Long

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.9 • 78 Ratings

Sacred Tension is the podcast about the spiritual discipline of asking questions. Every week Stephen Bradford Long covers a different topic, ranging from Satanism, to Marxism, to surviving a cult, to exploring Christianity as an LGBT person.

    The Satanic Temple Vs. Religious Discrimination | Lucien Greaves

    The Satanic Temple Vs. Religious Discrimination | Lucien Greaves

    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.

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

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    My work is sponsored by The Satanic Temple TV: a streaming platform featuring documentaries, live streams, conversations, rituals, and more. Use my code SACREDTENSION at checkout to get one month free. https://thesatanictemple.tv/

     

    • 1 hr 9 min
    How Not To Be Afraid | Gareth Higgins

    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. 

    Gareth Higgins was born in Belfast in 1975, grew up during the northern Ireland Troubles, and now lives in the US. He writes and speaks about the power of storytelling to shape our lives and world, peace and making justice, and how to take life seriously without believing your own propaganda. He has been involved in peace-building and violence reduction in northern Ireland and helping address the legacy of conflict, received a Ph.D. in Sociology from Queen’s University Belfast, and helped teach the world’s first graduate course in Reconciliation Studies at Trinity College Dublin. He also helped found the Wild Goose, New Story and Movies & Meaning festivals. Gareth leads retreats in North America and Ireland; and he founded The Porch Magazine.

    Find his book here: https://www.hownottobeafraid.com/



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

    Read my work: https://stephenbradfordlong.com/

    My work is sponsored by The Satanic Temple TV: a streaming platform featuring documentaries, live streams, conversations, rituals, and more. Use my code SACREDTENSION at checkout to get one month free. https://thesatanictemple.tv/

     

    • 59 min
    Religious Blasphemy 101 | Matt Langston

    Religious Blasphemy 101 | Matt Langston

    In this episode in Sacred Tension, I am joined by my friend Matt Langston of the formerly Christian punk-pop band Eleventyseven to explore the finer points of Satanic religious blasphemy. 

    You can read the companion article to this episode here: https://stephenbradfordlong.com/2022/09/08/varieties-of-satanic-blasphemy/



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

    Read my work: https://stephenbradfordlong.com/

    My work is sponsored by The Satanic Temple TV: a streaming platform featuring documentaries, live streams, conversations, rituals, and more. Use my code SACREDTENSION at checkout to get one month free. https://thesatanictemple.tv/

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Just Enjoy Things | Vyvyan des Esseintes

    Just Enjoy Things | Vyvyan des Esseintes

    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. 

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    Read my work: https://stephenbradfordlong.com/

    My work is sponsored by The Satanic Temple TV: a streaming platform featuring documentaries, live streams, conversations, rituals, and more. Use my code SACREDTENSION at checkout to get one month free. https://thesatanictemple.tv/

    • 57 min
    The Ancient Roots of Modern Satanism | La Carmina

    The Ancient Roots of Modern Satanism | La Carmina

    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. 

    Find La Carmina here: https://www.lacarmina.com

    Learn more about The Little Book of Satanism here: https://www.lacarmina.com/blog/2022/07/satanism-book-deal-la-carmina-books-satanic-history/

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

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    Read my work: https://stephenbradfordlong.com/

    My work is sponsored by The Satanic Temple TV: a streaming platform featuring documentaries, live streams, conversations, rituals, and more. Use my code SACREDTENSION at checkout to get one month free. https://thesatanictemple.tv/

     

     

    • 58 min
    The Freedom to Offend | Lucien Greaves

    The Freedom to Offend | Lucien Greaves

    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. 

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

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    My work is sponsored by The Satanic Temple TV: a streaming platform featuring documentaries, live streams, conversations, rituals, and more. Use my code SACREDTENSION at checkout to get one month free. https://thesatanictemple.tv/

    • 1 hr 6 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
78 Ratings

78 Ratings

TA. P. ,

Amazing show

This podcast has been of immense help to me as I've accepted that I'm an atheist & how much I admire and resonate with Satanism. Great conversations happening here.

bobo220 ,

So many reason to love this podcast.

Amazing guests! Thought provoking. Stephen’s soothing voice and humor. But you’ll have to check it out for yourself!

athirkell ,

Knocked it out of the park

The episode on Bridget Eileen Rivera’s book about the ways the church has burdened the LGBTQ community was very interesting. I had no idea that Martin Luther was so affirming of human sexuality, and I’m a Lutheran (ELCA).

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