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.
January 14th, 2016 | 1 hr 12 mins
This week, Thomas and Sam discuss some of their New Year’s Resolutions (and how they are holding up), tonight’s Republican Debate in North Charleston, and how early christianities developed orthodox beliefs and creeds from the contentious arguments ove...
January 8th, 2016 | 57 mins 31 secs
Thomas and Sam discuss the demise of Evernote but their renewed use, why app stores are the new platform, their love of This Is Ground products, and how Christians should and could deal with violence. Show Notes: Lame-O | Urban Dictionary Evernote’s De...
January 5th, 2016 | 50 mins 15 secs
Elisabeth and Merianna talk about their New Year’s Resolutions including reading, writing and personal challenges. They also talk about how far they have come since they first started podcasting and some exciting plans for 2016!
Episode 21: Thinking Religion 61: “We took the toys out of the box and now we get to play with them a little bit.” - Thinking.FM
January 4th, 2016 | 48 mins 30 secs
Thomas and Sam discuss the past year of Thinking Religion, add some new commentary, and talk about what’s next in 2016 for the podcast. Show Notes: Most popular shows by downloads: Episode 45 – 2,280 Episode 41 – 1,990 Episode 39 – 1,
December 21st, 2015 | 31 mins 21 secs
Elisabeth and Merianna talk about when your writing is ready to reveal to someone else. They talk about the danger of releasing it too soon when you haven’t had enough time to mold it and shape it. They also discuss that if you put your writing out the...
December 18th, 2015 | 26 mins 50 secs
This week, Thomas Whitley and Sam Harrelson examine the When / Where / Why of the Nativity and discuss historical accuracies of the stories as we’ve interpreted them in our present culture. Show Notes: 6 Misconceptions about the Nativity | The Blaze Cr...
December 14th, 2015 | 53 mins 37 secs
Elisabeth and Merianna are reunited and it feels so good! They discuss finding reason, meaning, and purpose in writing in decisions we make as writers. They also discuss creating purposeful pauses rather than head-scratching confusion.
December 10th, 2015 | 26 mins 35 secs
Thomas Whitley and Sam Harrelson discuss domestic terrorists and the Carolinas, the myths of American Progressivism, creation stories, Trump’s views of citizenship, hate licenses, and the soft cultural underbelly of fear.
December 6th, 2015 | 54 mins 52 secs
Thomas Whitley and Sam Harrelson discuss the issues involved with marketing and personal branding in an academic environment, whether academics and graduate students should blog, the demise of peer reviewed journals and scholarship,
November 27th, 2015 | 56 mins 44 secs
Elisabeth is joined by author Stacy N. Sergent this week (Merianna is out for family leave) to talk about great pups, NaNoWriMo, writing as a lonesome experience and also a communal experience, the role of editing,
November 19th, 2015 | 51 mins 51 secs
Elisabeth is joined by UNC’s own Molly McConnell this week (Merianna is on maternity leave). They dive deep into the nature of reading, writing, and spicy beverages. Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic A Tale for The Time Being by Ruth Ozeki Ravens in Winter...
November 17th, 2015 | 47 mins 31 secs
Elisabeth and Merianna talk about the importance of including and invoking emotions in readers. They discuss what they have to overcome as writers in order to cause suffering for their characters and create whole, full characters. Of course,
November 9th, 2015 | 44 mins 6 secs
Elisabeth and Merianna talk about the power of collaboration, especially during NanoWrimo. They talk about how much confidence is instilled when you connect into a network of people. They also discuss how women writers have been made more of an appeara...
November 8th, 2015 | 1 hr 5 mins
Thomas and Sam discuss the role of N.C. State as an upsetter along with the role of religion in presidential politics with talk about private and public hermeneutics of the 2016 candidates (and the weather in Tallahassee).
November 2nd, 2015 | 6 mins 51 secs
Elisabeth and Merianna follow up their conversation from last week about the importance of protecting your content. Then, they recount their experiences at recent conferences and how they are learning that they need to be tougher with the authors they ...
October 24th, 2015 | 59 mins 34 secs
Elisabeth, Merianna, and Sam talk about the commodity of content and how authors should disseminate that information. They advise authors that they shouldn’t help the rich get richer, but help build their own audience.