Thinking Religion

Episode Archive

Episode Archive

152 episodes of Thinking Religion since the first episode, which aired on September 25th, 2015.

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    Episode 150: True Love Waits For Instagram Stories to Load

    Episode  |  February 13th, 2019  |  42 mins 56 secs
    #metoo, facebook, instagram, jesus, kris kristofferson, southern baptists, willie nelson

    Merianna and Sam tackle Instagram Stories, performative social media, and generational gender divides in reading the Scripture.

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    Episode 149: Insta Bible Study

    Episode  |  February 8th, 2019  |  44 mins 45 secs
    bible, bible study, new testament, old testament

    Merianna and Sam discuss Instagram Bible studies, reading the whole Bible in a year, and the search for authenticity in a time of societal shifts.

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    Episode 148: Faith Is a Boomerang

    Episode  |  August 21st, 2018  |  48 mins 34 secs
    bible, demythologizing, dialectical, genesis, gollwitzer, religion podcast

    The Rev. Lauren Larkin joins Sam to discuss birthing pangs in Genesis, the merits of demythologizing, and Dialectical Theology in the 21st Century.

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    Episode 147: Thinking Religion Again

    Episode  |  July 28th, 2018  |  4 mins 22 secs

    Ready for the next episode? Here we go! THINKING RELIGION is coming back in August :)

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    Episode 146: And In the End

    Episode  |  April 9th, 2018  |  29 mins 45 secs

    Dr. Thomas J. Whitley and The Rev. Sam Harrelson discuss things we pass down and the best way to sign off.

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    Episode 145: Thinking About the Term Partners

    Episode  |  March 29th, 2018  |  38 mins 36 secs
    discord, facebook, privilege, security, social media, twitter

    Dr. Thomas Whitley and The Rev. Sam Harrelson discuss the term "partners" in its modern context and whether or not it is performative for certain couples. That leads to a discussion about the role of social media in our lives if we could, in fact, delete Facebook.

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    Episode 144: Should Your Church Delete Its Facebook Page?

    Episode  |  March 20th, 2018  |  50 mins 18 secs
    church social media, facebook, instagram, twitter, whatsapp

    Dr. Thomas Whitley and The Rev. Samuel Harrelson discuss The Great Social Media Reckoning of 2018, broadcast media vs social media, why you need a website (and why your church needs a GOOD website), and the importance of bringing it all back home.

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    Episode 143: Boys Keep Swinging

    Episode  |  March 7th, 2018  |  50 mins 31 secs

    Dr. Thomas Whitley and the Rev. Sam Harrelson discuss boys' weekends, gender assumptions, the Documentary Hypothesis, the historicity of the Gospels, and Justice850.

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    Episode 142: "Too great of a religious hurry"

    Episode  |  March 1st, 2018  |  25 mins 36 secs

    Dr. Thomas Whitley and The Rev. Sam Harrelson discuss the fierce urgency of now, and why the church should be the gadflies of tension in a time of transition.

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    Episode 141: Could Jesus Read and Write?

    Episode  |  February 25th, 2018  |  52 mins 23 secs
    isaiah, jesus, literacy, new testament, old testament

    Dr. Thomas Whitley and the Rev. Sam Harrelson discuss British trivia shows, the concept of literacy in the ancient world, what accent Jesus might have had, and whether we now have historical proof of the prophet Isaiah.

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    Episode 140: Hermeneutic of Violence

    Episode  |  February 16th, 2018  |  54 mins 53 secs
    bible, parkland, trump

    Dr. Thomas Whitely and The Rev. Sam Harrelson discuss wearing Clerical Collars every day, our country's normalized hermeneutic of violence, and a new podcast.

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    Episode 139: Hiring Policy

    Episode  |  February 8th, 2018  |  57 mins 54 secs
    cooperative baptist fellowship, david bowie, elon musk, trump

    Dr. Thomas J. Whitley and The Rev. Sam Harrelson discuss beards, Life on Mars, and the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship's hiring policy (and past, present, future).

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    Episode 138: Toxic Jesusinity and The Church

    Episode  |  February 2nd, 2018  |  58 mins 19 secs
    amazon, apple, google, jesus, toxic masculinity, trump

    Dr. Thomas Whitley and The Rev. Sam Harrelson discuss "toxic masculinity" and compare Trump with Jesus, Apple's woes, and voice assistants.

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    Episode 137: The Fertile Croissant

    Episode  |  January 22nd, 2018  |  50 mins 17 secs
    hq trivia, kierkegaard, lost, the good place

    Dr. Thomas J. Whitley and The Rev. Samuel B. Harrelson play HQ Trivia and go to The Good Place to discuss Squab Goals.

    “My name is Kierkegaard and my writing is impeccable. Check out my teleological suspension of the ethical.”

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    Episode 136: A Million Little Candidates

    Episode  |  January 10th, 2018  |  41 mins 1 sec
    android, apple, ios, meltdown, oprah, politics, spectre, trump

    Dr. Thomas Whitley and the Rev. Sam Harrelson discuss quantum hacks, the evolution of reality TV and its impact on our Gen X lives, and why 2020 will be a different political landscape than 2016.

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    Episode 135: A Republic, If You Can Keep It

    Episode  |  January 4th, 2018  |  1 hr 2 mins
    bible, canon, new testament, old testament, trump

    Dr. Thomas Whitley and the Rev. Sam Harrelson discuss the Bomb Cyclone, The Myth of Progress, The Apotheosis of Captain Cook, Lectionaries and conflating Gospels, and the need for a new political dialogue in our country.