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 134: Advent in the Minor Key

    Episode  |  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!

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    Episode 133: Our Holiday Extravaganza

    Episode  |  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.

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    Episode 132: Is It Worth Selling Your Soul?

    Episode  |  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.

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    Episode 131: Pushing Against the Public Transcript

    Episode  |  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.

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    Episode 130: Jesus, Mary, and Joseph!

    Episode  |  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.

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    Episode 129: Writing Their Last Chapters

    Episode  |  November 9th, 2017  |  58 mins 43 secs

    Dr. Thomas Whitley and Rev. Sam Harrelson watch election returns together, discuss the act of choosing, and consider the role of our national patience.

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    Episode 128: "I have no idea what you believe."

    Episode  |  November 3rd, 2017  |  1 hr 52 secs

    Sam is joined by The Rev. Merianna Neely Harrelson to discuss beards, doubt, faith, securing your spot in The Good Place or The Bad Place, ethics and eschatology, rededicating your life, and salvation bracelets.

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    Episode 127: Under the Screen

    Episode  |  October 26th, 2017  |  53 mins 52 secs

    Dr. Thomas Whitley and Rev. Sam Harrelson discuss the iPhone X, Airpods and Mods, prepping for the coming apocalypses, Heaven's Gate, and the theologies of nativism.

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    Episode 126: The Problems with The Dark Age

    Episode  |  October 19th, 2017  |  50 mins 48 secs
    aquinas, constantinople, dark ages, facebook, moscow, muslims, norway, rome, vikings

    Dr. Thomas Whitley and Rev. Sam Harrelson discuss anniversaries and birthdays in the Facebook age, whether the Vikings referenced Allah in their gear, and why "The Dark Ages" is such a troublesome concept (and why we're currently in the midst of The Digital Dark Age).

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    Episode 125: Conceptions of Hell

    Episode  |  October 10th, 2017  |  54 mins 52 secs
    bible, canon, new testament, old testament

    Dr. Thomas Whitley and Rev. Sam Harrelson discuss the rental economy and answer listener questions.

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    Episode 124: Mark is the Best Book in the Bible

    Episode  |  October 6th, 2017  |  54 mins 21 secs
    android, apple watch, daniel, esther, google pixel, gospel of thomas, gospels, hosea, iphone, iphone 8, iphone x, james, jesus, job, mark, matthew, paul, revelation, romans

    Dr. Thomas Whitley and Rev. Sam Harrelson talk about phone problems and promises, Thomas' new home, and the finale of the First Thinking Religion Bible Bracket Challenge Extravaganza.

    Podium Winners:
    Gold: Mark
    Silver: Matthew
    Bronze: 1 Samuel

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    Episode 123: Testing the Limits

    Episode  |  September 26th, 2017  |  1 hr 13 mins
    bible, new testament, old testament, politics, trump

    Dr. Thomas Whitley and Rev. Sam Harrelson are joined again by David Ray Allen Jr. to cover the Final Four of the Bible Bracket Challenge. It gets bloody this week.

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    Episode 122: Last Night on Earth

    Episode  |  September 21st, 2017  |  1 hr 37 mins
    android, apple watch, daniel, esther, google pixel, gospel of thomas, gospels, hosea, iphone, iphone 8, iphone x, james, jesus, job, paul, romans

    Dr. Thomas Whitley and Rev. Sam Harrelson compare their phones' home screens, discuss the relevance of Facebook to political campaigns, and continue the very contentious Bible Bracket Challenge Elite 8 Round to decide the Final Four. It's on.

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    Episode 121: That's What Mordecai Said

    Episode  |  September 14th, 2017  |  1 hr 43 mins
    android, apple watch, daniel, esther, google pixel, gospel of thomas, gospels, hosea, iphone, iphone 8, iphone x, james, jesus, job, paul, romans

    Dr. Thomas Whitley and Rev. Sam Harrelson discuss new iPhones, playing the expectations game, and how mobile devices have transformed learning and worshipping. Then, they launch into the "Sweet 16" of the Bible Brackets Challenge. Sorry, Esther.

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    Episode 120: Stink Bug Theology

    Episode  |  September 5th, 2017  |  1 hr 12 mins

    The Rev. Lauren Larkin joins Dr. Thomas Whitley and The Rev. Sam Harrelson in a discussion of how hermeneutics and worldviews affect our theologies and what sort of spaces we try to build.

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    Episode 119: The Greek is Good

    Episode  |  August 29th, 2017  |  1 hr 35 mins
    bible, clemson, florida state, football, michigan, new testament, old testament, politics

    Dr. Thomas Whitley and Rev. Sam Harrelson are joined by David Ray Allen to discuss football schedules and the third round of the Bible Bracket Challenge to determine which book is the "best" book in the Bible and which book is the "Michigan" book in the Bible.