About the Show
Thinking Religion is a podcast hosted by Dr. Thomas Whitley and Rev. Sam Harrelson tackling various topics that deal with the intersection of religion and society, often times with a bent towards critical analysis... with a healthy dose of banter and politics thrown in.
Episode 136: A Million Little Candidates
January 10th, 2018
41 mins 1 sec
android, apple, ios, meltdown, oprah, politics, spectre, trump
Dr. Thomas Whitley and the Rev. Sam Harrelson discuss quantum hacks, the evolution of reality TV and its impact on our Gen X lives, and why 2020 will be a different political landscape than 2016.
Episode 135: A Republic, If You Can Keep It
January 4th, 2018
1 hr 2 mins
bible, canon, new testament, old testament, trump
Dr. Thomas Whitley and the Rev. Sam Harrelson discuss the Bomb Cyclone, The Myth of Progress, The Apotheosis of Captain Cook, Lectionaries and conflating Gospels, and the need for a new political dialogue in our country.
Episode 134: Advent in the Minor Key
December 21st, 2017
59 mins 49 secs
advent, bible, christmas, hymns, jesus, john lennon, new testament
Dr. Thomas Whitley and the Rev. Sam Harrelson discuss nativity scenes, bad Christmas songs, Epiphany, the War on Christmas, and bad Apple (batteries).
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
Episode 133: Our Holiday Extravaganza
December 13th, 2017 | 1 hr 11 mins
Dr. Thomas Whitley and The Rev. Sam Harrelson are joined by The Rev. Lauren E. Larkin, Prof. W. Travis McMaken ("McBacon"), and The Rev. Merianna Neely Harrelson in an extravaganza of epic proportions. They discuss Clash of the Titans, why you should write a book, gendered religious language, Ancient Aliens, Alex Jones, flogging, and hate watching the world burn.
Episode 132: Is It Worth Selling Your Soul?
December 7th, 2017
1 hr 3 mins
#metoo, franken, pence, trump, twitter
Dr. Thomas Whitley and The Rev. Sam Harrelson discuss the #metoo Revolution, amplifying voices, and whether anything is worth trading your integrity.
Episode 131: Pushing Against the Public Transcript
November 28th, 2017
59 mins 3 secs
bible, canon, new testament, old testament, trump
Dr. Thomas Whitley and the Rev. Sam Harrelson discuss Black Friday, gaming, moral questions, Evangelical strawmen, and complicity.
Episode 130: Jesus, Mary, and Joseph!
November 16th, 2017
47 mins 41 secs
bible, canon, jesus, joseph, mary, new testament, old testament
Dr. Thomas Whitley and the Rev. Sam Harrelson are joined by Prof. Chris Frilingos to discuss his book "Jesus, Mary, and Joseph: Family Trouble in the Infancy Gospels" and why the Infancy Gospel of Thomas and Proto-Gospel of James are so important for contemporary audiences.
Episode 129: Writing Their Last Chapters
November 9th, 2017 | 58 mins 43 secs
Dr. Thomas Whitley and Rev. Sam Harrelson watch election returns together, discuss the act of choosing, and consider the role of our national patience.
Episode 128: "I have no idea what you believe."
November 3rd, 2017 | 1 hr 52 secs
Sam is joined by The Rev. Merianna Neely Harrelson to discuss beards, doubt, faith, securing your spot in The Good Place or The Bad Place, ethics and eschatology, rededicating your life, and salvation bracelets.
Episode 127: Under the Screen
October 26th, 2017 | 53 mins 52 secs
Dr. Thomas Whitley and Rev. Sam Harrelson discuss the iPhone X, Airpods and Mods, prepping for the coming apocalypses, Heaven's Gate, and the theologies of nativism.
Episode 126: The Problems with The Dark Age
October 19th, 2017
50 mins 48 secs
aquinas, constantinople, dark ages, facebook, moscow, muslims, norway, rome, vikings
Dr. Thomas Whitley and Rev. Sam Harrelson discuss anniversaries and birthdays in the Facebook age, whether the Vikings referenced Allah in their gear, and why "The Dark Ages" is such a troublesome concept (and why we're currently in the midst of The Digital Dark Age).
Episode 125: Conceptions of Hell
October 10th, 2017
54 mins 52 secs
bible, canon, new testament, old testament
Dr. Thomas Whitley and Rev. Sam Harrelson discuss the rental economy and answer listener questions.
Episode 124: Mark is the Best Book in the Bible
October 6th, 2017
54 mins 21 secs
android, apple watch, daniel, esther, google pixel, gospel of thomas, gospels, hosea, iphone, iphone 8, iphone x, james, jesus, job, mark, matthew, paul, revelation, romans
Dr. Thomas Whitley and Rev. Sam Harrelson talk about phone problems and promises, Thomas' new home, and the finale of the First Thinking Religion Bible Bracket Challenge Extravaganza.
Bronze: 1 Samuel
Episode 123: Testing the Limits
September 26th, 2017
1 hr 13 mins
bible, new testament, old testament, politics, trump
Dr. Thomas Whitley and Rev. Sam Harrelson are joined again by David Ray Allen Jr. to cover the Final Four of the Bible Bracket Challenge. It gets bloody this week.
Episode 122: Last Night on Earth
September 21st, 2017
1 hr 37 mins
android, apple watch, daniel, esther, google pixel, gospel of thomas, gospels, hosea, iphone, iphone 8, iphone x, james, jesus, job, paul, romans
Dr. Thomas Whitley and Rev. Sam Harrelson compare their phones' home screens, discuss the relevance of Facebook to political campaigns, and continue the very contentious Bible Bracket Challenge Elite 8 Round to decide the Final Four. It's on.