Thinking Religion

Episode Archive

Episode Archive

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

  • Episode 145: Thinking About the Term Partners

    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.

  • Episode 144: Should Your Church Delete Its Facebook Page?

    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.

  • Episode 143: Boys Keep Swinging

    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.

  • Episode 142: "Too great of a religious hurry"

    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.

  • Episode 141: Could Jesus Read and Write?

    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.

  • Episode 140: Hermeneutic of Violence

    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.

  • Episode 139: Hiring Policy

    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).

  • Episode 138: Toxic Jesusinity and The Church

    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.

  • Episode 137: The Fertile Croissant

    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.”

  • Episode 136: A Million Little Candidates

    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.

  • Episode 135: A Republic, If You Can Keep It

    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.

  • Episode 134: Advent in the Minor Key

    December 21st, 2017  |  59 mins 49 secs
    advent, bible, christmas, hymns, jesus, john lennon, new testament

    Dr. Thomas Whitley and the Rev. Sam Harrelson discuss nativity scenes, bad Christmas songs, Epiphany, the War on Christmas, and bad Apple (batteries).

    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

  • Episode 133: Our Holiday Extravaganza

    December 13th, 2017  |  1 hr 11 mins

    Dr. Thomas Whitley and The Rev. Sam Harrelson are joined by The Rev. Lauren E. Larkin, Prof. W. Travis McMaken ("McBacon"), and The Rev. Merianna Neely Harrelson in an extravaganza of epic proportions. They discuss Clash of the Titans, why you should write a book, gendered religious language, Ancient Aliens, Alex Jones, flogging, and hate watching the world burn.

  • Episode 132: Is It Worth Selling Your Soul?

    December 7th, 2017  |  1 hr 3 mins
    #metoo, franken, pence, trump, twitter

    Dr. Thomas Whitley and The Rev. Sam Harrelson discuss the #metoo Revolution, amplifying voices, and whether anything is worth trading your integrity.

  • Episode 131: Pushing Against the Public Transcript

    November 28th, 2017  |  59 mins 3 secs
    bible, canon, new testament, old testament, trump

    Dr. Thomas Whitley and the Rev. Sam Harrelson discuss Black Friday, gaming, moral questions, Evangelical strawmen, and complicity.

  • Episode 130: Jesus, Mary, and Joseph!

    November 16th, 2017  |  47 mins 41 secs
    bible, canon, jesus, joseph, mary, new testament, old testament

    Dr. Thomas Whitley and the Rev. Sam Harrelson are joined by Prof. Chris Frilingos to discuss his book "Jesus, Mary, and Joseph: Family Trouble in the Infancy Gospels" and why the Infancy Gospel of Thomas and Proto-Gospel of James are so important for contemporary audiences.