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 71: Thinking Religion: Growing Up Evangelical in the 90’s - Thinking.FM
July 15th, 2016 | 1 hr 8 secs
Thomas and Sam are joined by Merianna Neely Harrelson to talk about True Love Waits, Kissing Dating Goodbye, Promise Rings, and all the interesting parts of Evangelical Christian culture of the ’90’s (and how much of that is being reexamined)… and why ...
Episode 70: Thinking Baptists 20: No One Gets Out Alive - Thinking.FM
July 14th, 2016 | 52 mins 27 secs
Merianna and Sam talk about how communities of faith create a sense of belonging and what happens when the community encounters a crisis of faith. Do you stay? Do you leave? Show Notes If Pokemon Go Feels Like a Religion That’s Because it Kind of Is | ...
Episode 69: Thinking Out Loud 117: Finding the Corners - Thinking.FM
July 13th, 2016 | 51 mins 39 secs
In which Mary Hudson (8 years old) blows our minds by sharing how she published her first play, Germ Play. Elisabeth and Merianna ask Mary Hudson how the inspiration for the play came to her and inspiration in general.
Episode 68: Thinking Religion: Generational Eschatological Expectations - Thinking.FM
July 8th, 2016 | 1 hr 4 mins
Thomas and Sam discuss their iPhone homescreens, favorite apps, the complexity of generational eschatological expectations, and Christian dating apps. Show Notes OmniFocus Why I Ditched Evernote for Apple Notes and You Can Too | David Pogue When is a s...
Episode 67: Thinking Baptists 19: Embracing the Conflicts - Thinking.FM
July 7th, 2016 | 1 hr 10 mins
The Revs Merianna Neely Harrelson and Sam Harrelson describe the benefits and challenges of congregational polity, notes, the digital dark age, and recording what matters. Show Notes Considering the Lilies and Hard Conversations Why I’m Still Baptist ...
Episode 66: Thinking Out Loud 116: Lighting a Fire Under You - Thinking.FM
July 5th, 2016 | 55 mins 26 secs
Elisabeth and Merianna talk about those moments when you meet people in real life that you’ve had social media conversations and interactions and what it feels like to be recognized. They talk about their trips and the power of belonging to a community...
Episode 65: Thinking Baptists 18: All The Wands - Thinking.FM
July 2nd, 2016 | 58 mins 48 secs
The Revs. Merianna Neely Harrelson and Sam Harrelson reboot Thinking Baptists with a new episode for the first time in four years. They do a recap of Merianna’s ministerial journey as well as follow up to the last episode of the show with a discussion ...
Episode 64: Thinking Religion: The Privilege of Knowing How to Read - Thinking.FM
June 29th, 2016 | 1 hr 6 mins
Dr. Thomas J. Whitley and The Rev. Sam Harrelson discuss Sam’s use of iPad Pro as his main computer, Evernote, and the privilege of knowing how to read. Show Notes Thinking.FM on Patreon Thinking Religion Facebook Group for show discussions and links C...
Episode 63: Cast of Geeks 58: Small Wonders - Thinking.FM
June 23rd, 2016 | 1 hr 10 mins
Lisa Picarille, Jim Kukral, Shawn Collins, and Sam Harrelson reunite for an episode of Cast of Geeks. This month, they discuss the future(s) of affiliate marketing, influencer marketing, engagement and Facebook Pages, the rise of messaging,
Episode 62: Thinking Religion: Consolation of Communication - Thinking.FM
June 23rd, 2016 | 54 mins 59 secs
Dr. Thomas J. Whitley and Rev. Sam Harrelson discuss Big Macs, livestreaming, bastardized religion, and tiny apocalypses. Show Notes McDonald’s Best Sandwiches | Thrillist Dem Sit-In | TechMeme Photo of Trump, Falwell Jr.
Episode 61: Thinking Out Loud 115: Fighting the Imposter Monster - Thinking.FM
June 18th, 2016 | 53 mins 12 secs
Elisabeth and Merianna talk about fighting the imposter monster, reader’s theaters about germs, and exciting upcoming conference. They debate how to know if you are truly doing what you should be doing. If you’re scared of it,
Episode 60: Thinking Religion: You Only Want a New Cultural War When You’re Losing the Last One - Thinking.FM
June 17th, 2016 | 1 hr 8 mins
Dr. Thomas J. Whitley, Rev. Sam Harrelson, and Chad Gardner discuss cultural gnosticism. Show Notes Chad on Twitter Let’s Have a Better Culture War | NYT Religious Studies in the Time of Trumpism | Michael Altman SBC Sees 9th Year of Membership Decline...
Episode 59: Thinking Religion: An Eclectic Text - Thinking.FM
June 8th, 2016 | 1 hr 14 mins
Dr. Thomas J. Whitley and Rev. Sam Harrelson discuss the gender politics of Sam’s new personal assistant, language as a power mechanism, a listener question about Paul’s Gospel, and what in the world The Donald is thinking. Show Notes Meet Amy | x.
Episode 58: Thinking Out Loud 114: Recognizing Your Tells - Thinking.FM
June 7th, 2016 | 49 mins 57 secs
Elisabeth and Merianna talk about the world of podcasting as self-publishing and how Serial has introduced a format of audio stories that might just bring back storytelling as an artform. Could we be returning to an oral storytelling-centered culture?
Episode 57: Thinking Religion: The Weird Thing That Happens When You Realize People Know You - Thinking.FM
June 1st, 2016 | 1 hr 1 min
Dr. Thomas Whitley and Rev. Sam Harrelson discuss conference outfits and gear, “Uber Boomers,” Thomas’ new leather good, and the need for female leadership in a male dominated society. NAPS Carrie Schroeder’s Tweets Sam’s Footnote Eagle Creek Packing S...