Thinking Religion

Episode Archive

Episode Archive

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

  • Episode 127: Under the Screen

    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.

  • Episode 126: The Problems with The Dark Age

    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).

  • Episode 125: Conceptions of Hell

    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.

  • Episode 124: Mark is the Best Book in the Bible

    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

  • Episode 123: Testing the Limits

    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.

  • Episode 122: Last Night on Earth

    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.

  • Episode 121: That's What Mordecai Said

    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.

  • Episode 120: Stink Bug Theology

    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.

  • Episode 119: The Greek is Good

    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.

  • Episode 118: Better Than Ezra

    August 25th, 2017  |  1 hr 9 mins
    bible, new testament, old testament, politics, trump

    Dr. Thomas Whitley and Rev. Sam Harrelson discuss the uncomfortableness of whataboutism and its interplay with American Christianity and continue the Bible Bracket Challenge semifinals.

  • Episode 117: Hey Jude

    August 16th, 2017  |  1 hr 57 mins
    bible, canon, new testament, old testament

    Dr. Thomas Whitley and Rev. Sam Harrelson discuss the benefit of doubting Trump's America, Evangelicals carrying water for Trump, whether Joshua is a good book to include in the Bible, and why Jude deserves some reconsideration.

  • Episode 116: No One WANTS to Vote Against Romans

    July 27th, 2017  |  48 mins 29 secs
    bible, canon, new testament, old testament

    Gospel of Mary? Bel and the Dragon? The Apocryphon of John? Two Corinthians? Dr. Thomas Whitley and the Rev. Sam Harrelson are joined again by David Ray Allen to cover the second round of the Thinking Religion Bible Bracket Challenge and give a great overview of biblical books you might not have read in a while.

  • Episode 115: Your Hair is Like a Flock of Goats

    July 18th, 2017  |  47 mins 32 secs
    history, politics, religion, russia, trump

    Dr. Thomas Whitley and the Rev. Sam Harrelson discuss the concept of hermeneutics and continue their ongoing quest to decide the best book in the Bible from the Thinking Religion Bible Bracket Challenge.

  • Episode 114: Sorry About Luke

    July 13th, 2017  |  1 hr 8 mins
    bible, eugene peterson, new testament, old testament, trump

    Dr. Thomas Whitley and the Rev. Sam Harrelson are joined again by David Ray Allen Jr. to cover the next round of the Thinking Religion Bible Bracket Challenge... with a few surprises this week!

  • Episode 113: Your Grandmother’s Favorite Book in the Bible

    July 5th, 2017  |  1 hr 8 mins
    bible, canon, new testament, old testament

    Dr. Thomas Whitley and the Rev. Sam Harrelson are joined by David Allen Jr., a Morehead-Cain Scholar at the University of North Carolina, to cover the first few matches of the Thinking Religion Bible Bracket Challenge. David brings his own unique understanding of sports to help Thomas and Sam make the tough calls that must be made.

  • Episode 112: Bible Bracket Challenge Intro

    June 28th, 2017  |  58 mins 11 secs
    bel and the dragon, bible, evangelical, gospels

    Dr. Thomas Whitley and the Rev. Sam Harrelson discuss the upcoming Thinking Religion Bible Bracket Challenge (starts next week!), generational views on gay marriage, and whether the moral arc of the universe bends towards justice.