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 25: Thinking Out Loud 96: Crying for Strangers - Thinking.FM
January 15th, 2016 | 44 mins 18 secs
Elisabeth and Merianna talk about the deaths this week of some great creative geniuses and how it impacts them. They also talk about inspiration in artists and characters and how true great artists teach us something about ourselves.
Episode 24: Thinking Religion 63: Defining Yourself By The Controversies Around You - Thinking.FM
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...
Episode 23: Thinking Religion 62: No one gets crucified for being too nice - Thinking.FM
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...
Episode 22: Thinking Out Loud 95: We’ve Come A Long Way, Baby - Thinking.FM
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,
Episode 20: Thinking Out Loud 94: There Are Sharks in This Water - Thinking.FM
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...
Episode 19: Thinking Religion 60: The When, Where, and Why of the Nativity - Thinking.FM
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...
Episode 18: Thinking Out Loud 93: Working Out the Wrinkles as Writers - Thinking.FM
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.
Episode 17: Thinking Religion 59: Trump and Symptoms of a Deeper Problem - Thinking.FM
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.
Episode 16: Thinking Religion 58: Personal Branding and The Academy - Thinking.FM
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,
Episode 15: Thinking Out Loud 92: Let’s Talk About Self-Editing - Thinking.FM
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,
Episode 14: Thinking Out Loud 91: Homemade Root Beer - Thinking.FM
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...
Episode 13: Thinking Out Loud 90: Creating the Feels - Thinking.FM
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,
Episode 12: Thinking Out Loud 89: Camaraderie Over Word Counts - Thinking.FM
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...
Episode 11: Thinking Religion 57: We Can’t Stop and We Won’t Stop - Thinking.FM
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).