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 140: Hermeneutic of Violence
February 16th, 2018
54 mins 53 secs
bible, parkland, trump
Dr. Thomas Whitely and The Rev. Sam Harrelson discuss wearing Clerical Collars every day, our country's normalized hermeneutic of violence, and a new podcast.
Episode 139: Hiring Policy
February 8th, 2018
57 mins 54 secs
cooperative baptist fellowship, david bowie, elon musk, trump
Dr. Thomas J. Whitley and The Rev. Sam Harrelson discuss beards, Life on Mars, and the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship's hiring policy (and past, present, future).
Episode 138: Toxic Jesusinity and The Church
February 2nd, 2018
58 mins 19 secs
amazon, apple, google, jesus, toxic masculinity, trump
Dr. Thomas Whitley and The Rev. Sam Harrelson discuss "toxic masculinity" and compare Trump with Jesus, Apple's woes, and voice assistants.
Episode 137: The Fertile Croissant
January 22nd, 2018
50 mins 17 secs
hq trivia, kierkegaard, lost, the good place
Dr. Thomas J. Whitley and The Rev. Samuel B. Harrelson play HQ Trivia and go to The Good Place to discuss Squab Goals.
“My name is Kierkegaard and my writing is impeccable. Check out my teleological suspension of the ethical.”
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).