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 115: Your Hair is Like a Flock of Goats
July 18th, 2017
47 mins 32 secs
Politics, Russia, Trump, history, religion
Dr. Thomas Whitley and the Rev. Sam Harrelson discuss the concept of hermeneutics and continue their ongoing quest to decide the best book in the Bible from the Thinking Religion Bible Bracket Challenge.
Episode 114: Sorry About Luke
July 13th, 2017
1 hr 8 mins
Trump, bible, eugene peterson, new testament, old testament
Dr. Thomas Whitley and the Rev. Sam Harrelson are joined again by David Ray Allen Jr. to cover the next round of the Thinking Religion Bible Bracket Challenge... with a few surprises this week!
Episode 113: Your Grandmother’s Favorite Book in the Bible
July 5th, 2017
1 hr 8 mins
bible, canon, new testament, old testament
Dr. Thomas Whitley and the Rev. Sam Harrelson are joined by David Allen Jr., a Morehead-Cain Scholar at the University of North Carolina, to cover the first few matches of the Thinking Religion Bible Bracket Challenge. David brings his own unique understanding of sports to help Thomas and Sam make the tough calls that must be made.
Episode 112: Bible Bracket Challenge Intro
June 28th, 2017
58 mins 11 secs
bel and the dragon, bible, evangelical, gospels
Dr. Thomas Whitley and the Rev. Sam Harrelson discuss the upcoming Thinking Religion Bible Bracket Challenge (starts next week!), generational views on gay marriage, and whether the moral arc of the universe bends towards justice.
Episode 111: Which Gospel is the Best Gospel?
June 22nd, 2017
55 mins 5 secs
Ephesians, bible, christianity, colossians, gospels, jesus, moses, timothy
Dr. Thomas Whitley and Rev. Sam Harrelson break down the problem with Paul's authorship of Colossians and Ephesians, head shaving, Gospel forgery, Matthew and the Q Community, the Gospel of Thomas, and infancy gospels.
Episode 110: Be Wise as Serpents and Innocent as Doves
June 16th, 2017
57 mins 49 secs
Politics, Trump, clergy, history, religion, wonder woman
Dr. Thomas Whitley and Rev. Sam Harrelson discuss Wonder Woman's mythology, new Twitter, and whether you should "Friend" your Pastor on Facebook... or even pay them.
Episode 109: Evangelicals and Covfefe Theology
June 5th, 2017
56 mins 10 secs
Politics, Trump, history, religion
Dr. Thomas Whitley and Rev. Sam Harrelson discuss "the new normal" and the how things change all of sudden.
Episode 108: Everyone's Just Winging It
May 18th, 2017
49 mins 19 secs
AI, allo, apple, donald trump, google, whatsapp
Dr. Thomas Whitley and Rev. Sam Harrelson discuss that sickening feeling you get when you realize that adults are all just faking it.
Episode 107: Words Are Hard
May 12th, 2017
45 mins 38 secs
Rob Bell, bible, canon, old testament
Dr. Thomas Whitley and Rev. Sam Harrelson discuss the death of the Old Testament and whether biblical literacy matters to contemporary Christians and cultures.
Episode 106: Are Kids Growing Up in a Post-Christian America?
May 4th, 2017
47 mins 44 secs
Generation Z, Post-Barthian, clinton, donald trump, evangelicals, jesus
Thomas and Sam debate renewing Evernote Premium, Donald Trump's Christianity, Evangelical logic, and whether Generation Z is growing up in a "Post-Christian" world.
Episode 105: Consider The Dogs of the Valley
April 26th, 2017 | 1 hr 17 secs
Thomas and Sam discuss life changes, beard growth, corporate philosophy officers, existentialism 2.0, and whether the Canon should remain closed or be thrown open.
Episode 104: Disrupting Jesus
April 12th, 2017
1 hr 16 secs
Apple Watch, Politics, Trump, airpods, apple, bannon, barth, bloomberg, cats, disruption, religion, tech, thisisground, white house
Thomas and Sam discuss generational gaps in worldviews and the God-shaped hole at the heart of current American culture.
Episode 103: MAKE EASTER GREAT AGAIN
April 6th, 2017 | 50 mins 52 secs
Thomas and Sam discuss the importance of Easter and whether Pastors should be dressing up like the Easter Bunny, Santa Claus or letting the Wise Men into the party before January 6.
Episode 102: Let Me Move That Glass Over Here
March 31st, 2017
57 mins 4 secs
Apple Watch, Politics, Trump, airpods, apple, bannon, barth, cats, religion, tech, thisisground, white house