Thinking Religion

A Podcast (Theoretically) About Religion From a Different Point of View

About the show

Thinking Religion is a podcast hosted by Rev. Sam Harrelson and tackles various topics that deal with the intersection of religion, the Bible, faith, and culture.

Episodes and Blog Entries

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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.

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    Episode 118: Better Than Ezra

    Episode  |  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.

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    Episode 117: Hey Jude

    Episode  |  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.

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    Episode 116: No One WANTS to Vote Against Romans

    Episode  |  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.

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    Episode 115: Your Hair is Like a Flock of Goats

    Episode  |  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.

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    Episode 114: Sorry About Luke

    Episode  |  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!

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

    Episode  |  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.

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    Episode 112: Bible Bracket Challenge Intro

    Episode  |  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.

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    Episode 111: Which Gospel is the Best Gospel?

    Episode  |  June 22nd, 2017  |  55 mins 5 secs
    bible, christianity, colossians, ephesians, gospels, jesus, moses, timothy

    Dr. Thomas Whitley and Rev. Sam Harrelson break down the problem with Paul's authorship of Colossians and Ephesians, head shaving, Gospel forgery, Matthew and the Q Community, the Gospel of Thomas, and infancy gospels.

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    Episode 110: Be Wise as Serpents and Innocent as Doves

    Episode  |  June 16th, 2017  |  57 mins 49 secs
    clergy, history, politics, religion, trump, wonder woman

    Dr. Thomas Whitley and Rev. Sam Harrelson discuss Wonder Woman's mythology, new Twitter, and whether you should "Friend" your Pastor on Facebook... or even pay them.

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    Episode 109: Evangelicals and Covfefe Theology

    Episode  |  June 5th, 2017  |  56 mins 10 secs
    history, politics, religion, trump

    Dr. Thomas Whitley and Rev. Sam Harrelson discuss "the new normal" and the how things change all of sudden.

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    Episode 108: Everyone's Just Winging It

    Episode  |  May 18th, 2017  |  49 mins 19 secs
    ai, allo, apple, donald trump, google, whatsapp

    Dr. Thomas Whitley and Rev. Sam Harrelson discuss that sickening feeling you get when you realize that adults are all just faking it.

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    Mondays

    Article  |  May 14th, 2017

    Should we post shows on Monday or does it matter?

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    Episode 107: Words Are Hard

    Episode  |  May 12th, 2017  |  45 mins 38 secs
    bible, canon, old testament, rob bell

    Dr. Thomas Whitley and Rev. Sam Harrelson discuss the death of the Old Testament and whether biblical literacy matters to contemporary Christians and cultures.

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    Episode 106: Are Kids Growing Up in a Post-Christian America?

    Episode  |  May 4th, 2017  |  47 mins 44 secs
    clinton, donald trump, evangelicals, generation z, jesus, post-barthian

    Thomas and Sam debate renewing Evernote Premium, Donald Trump's Christianity, Evangelical logic, and whether Generation Z is growing up in a "Post-Christian" world.

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    Episode 105: Consider The Dogs of the Valley

    Episode  |  April 26th, 2017  |  1 hr 17 secs

    Thomas and Sam discuss life changes, beard growth, corporate philosophy officers, existentialism 2.0, and whether the Canon should remain closed or be thrown open.