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September 2, 2020  

Uncrucifying Sex with Dr. Eric Sprankle

September 2, 2020

In this episode of Sacred Tension I speak with defacto Satanist and sex researcher Dr. Eric Sprankle about sexual shame, overcoming oppressive Christian sexual norms, and his research on Satanists. 

Dr. Eric Sprankle is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology and Co-Director of the Sexuality Studies program at Minnesota State University, Mankato. He is a licensed clinical psychologist and an AASECT-certified sex therapist affiliated with the Minnesota Sexual Health Institute. He is also the Director of the Secular Therapy Project, a subsidiary of Recovering from Religion.


Dr. Sprankle received his doctorate in clinical psychology from Xavier University in 2009, completed a postdoctoral fellowship in sexual health at the University of Minnesota Medical School in 2011, and was awarded tenure in the Department of Psychology at Minnesota State University in 2017.


He currently leads the Sexual Health Research Team at Minnesota State examining sexuality, stigma, and secularism, and has published articles on the effects of sexually explicit material, older adult sexuality, and sex worker affirmative therapy.


When not engaged in scholarly pursuits, Dr. Sprankle religiously reads Edgar Allan Poe, watches horror movies, listens to Marilyn Manson, and tries to telepathically communicate with his three tabby cats, Lucy, Mina, and Miss Ives.


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