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 95: There’s Always a Drum Circle
January 19th, 2017 | 56 mins 20 secs
Thomas and Sam debate the social implications of protests and political actions in the new America.
Episode 94: Any Religious Left or Any Religion Left?
January 13th, 2017 | 1 hr 4 mins
Thomas and Sam discuss the upcoming inauguration of Donald J. Trump as President of the United States, and what that means for the country’s religious landscape. How Trump is Paving the Way for a Revival of the ‘Religious Left’ | Washington Post Indivi...
Episode 93: “All we have to do now is to take these lies and make them true (somehow)”
January 2nd, 2017 | 1 hr 7 mins
Thomas and Sam kick off the 2017 season of Thinking Religion. New Years Resolutions Try a New Years Revolution | NY Times On Giving Donald Trump a Chance | Marginalia Sam’s January 1 “sermon”: “I think I realize now that the author chose to include the...
Episode 92: Apostles, Disciples, and Facebook Live Viewers
October 23rd, 2016 | 1 hr 21 mins
Thomas and Sam discuss new Macbooks and the problem with trying to count your followers in relation to your success.
Episode 91: Let’s Talk About Bob Dylan and Evanglicals
October 16th, 2016 | 43 mins 45 secs
In which Thomas and Sam discuss Bob Dylan and Evangelicals.
Episode 90: No Bread, No Bag, No Money
August 30th, 2016 | 1 hr 9 mins
Thomas and Sam discuss titles, office spaces, new jobs, being unplugged from the hive mind during the work day, and everyday carries (along with some deep philosophical ideas you’ll have to stick around for).
Episode 79: Thinking Religion 89: Do You Want To Talk About Pants? - Thinking.FM
August 13th, 2016 | 55 mins 26 secs
Thomas and Sam discuss pants, button down collar dress shirts, briefcases, leather goods, and the role of religion in political rhetoric. Levi 541 Hillary Clinton writes Op-Ed in LDS Paper Fewer and Fewer Americans Vote With Religion in Mind | Boston G...
Episode 78: Thinking Out Loud 121: Even Superheroes Have Flaws - Thinking.FM
August 8th, 2016 | 40 mins 11 secs
“But I thought you were a superhero?” Elisabeth and Merianna talk about that moment when someone you know discovers that you have flaws and how that impacts your relationship. This is why it is important to make sure your characters have flaws as well....
Episode 77: Thinking Religion 88: Snapchat is the New Oral Tradition - Thinking.FM
August 6th, 2016 | 1 hr 17 mins
Thomas and Sam, along with guest host Roshan Abraham, discuss Jonah’s presumptive bisexuality, Classics’ past present and future, Ephesus as the ancient 4chan, roles of the public intellectual, autobiographical memories, textuality, authority,
Episode 76: Thinking Out Loud 120: What World is This? - Thinking.FM
July 29th, 2016 | 46 mins 19 secs
“But that could never happen!” Elisabeth and Merianna talk about world building, especially in regards to changing technology. What should you include? What will make your story seem outdated and irrelevant?
Episode 75: Thinking Religion: Trading Places - Thinking.FM
July 29th, 2016 | 57 mins 40 secs
Most Christians are Republicans and a few liberal ones are Democrats (or something like that). That’s been the conventional thinking for the past few decades, especially with the rise of the Moral Majority and Evangelical movement going back to the lat...
Episode 74: Thinking Baptists 21: Welcoming Visitors to Your Church - Thinking.FM
July 23rd, 2016 | 55 mins 2 secs
Merianna and Sam discuss the notion of hospitality and how various churches welcome (or don’t) visitors and strangers into their worship services.
Episode 73: Thinking Out Loud 118: Words Matter - Thinking.FM
July 22nd, 2016 | 50 mins 58 secs
Elisabeth and Merianna talk about moving your draft from the splatter paint on the canvas, letting the words fly off your fingertips to a manuscript with purposeful meaningful words. Words matter. Choose them carefully,
Episode 72: Thinking Religion: Permission Slip - Thinking.FM
July 21st, 2016 | 1 hr 2 mins
This week, Thomas and Sam discuss how to use social media effectively, why you shouldn’t invoke God when comparing others to Lucifer, and ways to save money on all of your internet subscription services. Subscribe to the Thinking Religion Newsletter De...
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 ...