Thinking Religion: Religion and the GOP Debates – What to Expect


Thomas Whitley and Sam Harrelson discuss religious themed keywords to lookout for at the first Republican Presidential Debate of the 2016 election on FOX News. Play along with your own Thinking Religion Bingo card and let us know how you do by using #thinkingreligion.

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Thinking Out Loud 75: I Might Be a Writer After All!


Elisabeth and Merianna cover another NaNoWriMo and discuss the joys and frustrations of the writing lifestyle on their 75th show.

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What Elisabeth and Merianna are Reading

Thinking Religion: The Death (and Salvation?) of Religious Studies: A Conversation with Carrie Schroeder


Thomas Whitley and Sam Harrelson are joined by Prof. Carrie Shroeder to discuss the present and future of the Humanities (and Digital Humanities) and what implications such studies have for our cultures and societies.

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Thinking Out Loud 74: Cleaning Out the Clutter


Elisabeth and Merianna talk about how to decide what to keep and what to give away in their houses. They also talk about how the tools they use to operate their business. They talk about the importance of not working project to project, but having patterns and habits that help them and their business be effective.

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What Elisabeth and Merianna are Reading


Thinking Out Loud 73: The Water and the Rocks and the Sand


Elisabeth and Merianna talk about the comparison tendency and how it can hinder productivity (after Elisabeth quit Facebook). They talk about strategies to divide the work into manageable sandwich squares. They conclude you don’t have to be connected all the time to be successful.

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What Elisabeth and Merianna are Reading

Thinking Religion: Christian Colleges and Homosexuality


Thomas Whitley and Sam Harrelson tackle the complicated issue of how Christian colleges, universities, and even churches are responding to both the Supreme Court marriage equality decision and the growing acceptance of sexual orientation equality in American culture this week.

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Thinking Religion: Should You Major in Religion?


Prof. Thomas Whitley and Sam Harrelson both have majors in religion from their respective colleges. However, their lives took different paths. This week, they examine whether or not a person should still major in Religion or Religious Studies during their undergraduate years. If so, what does the future hold for them?

  • What are the problems with equating the study of religion with an increase in critical thinking skills?
  • Why do Religion departments (and majors) do so poorly at marketing?
  • “Does the prospect of getting a job when you graduate concern you?”
  • What do you learn as a Religion major and how does that impact your life?
  • Do Religion majors ever get jobs?

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Thinking Out Loud 72: To be or not to be a writer?


Elisabeth, Merianna, and Molly talk about the publishing process as they share congratulations with Molly for her piece that was recently published. They also talk about the difficulties of trying to make a living as a writer and the lures of the New York Times Bestseller list.

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What Elisabeth and Merianna (and Molly) are Reading

Thinking Religion: Are Religion Departments Doomed?


Prof. Thomas Whitley and Sam Harrelson attempt to bring some thoughtfulness to the topic of religion again this week with discussions of religion and politics, the evangelical vote, biblical definition(s) of marriage, symbols, Abraham, and being a religious / religion scholar.

This Week’s Topics

  • Is religion inherently political?
  • Stirring up the Evangelical vote
  • What is the biblical definition of marriage?
  • What is a symbol and what is a sign?
  • Was Father Abraham was a Pharaoh?
  • #thankadove
  • Conservative seminaries are firing professors over theology
  • Are Religion Departments doomed?

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Religion In The News

Ancient Religion

Thought Piece: Tensions in the (Religious) Academy

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Thinking Out Loud 71: Conference Connections


Elisabeth and Merianna are back! After a quick summer “vacation” away from the show, they talk about their conference attendance in Dallas, Washington, DC, and Nashville. They discuss how affirming it is to be surrounded by people who have the same passions as they do and to be reminded they are not alone in this crazy journey of publishing.

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What Elisabeth and Merianna are Reading

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