Thinking Religion: Charleston, Confederate, Climate

Religion and Politics

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Prof. Thomas Whitley and Sam Harrelson attempt to bring some thoughtfulness to the topic of religion again this week with discussions of pastor ratings, cooperative baptists, church marketing to men, papal encyclicals, new perspectives on Paul, how ancients used dates, and what’s next after the tragedy in Charleston last week.

This Week’s Topics

  • Ratemypastor.church
  • Why would you have a cake if you didn’t want to eat it?
  • The Climate Change-Abortion Connection You Never Knew Existed
  • Grumpy Cooperative Baptists
  • Church Marketing to Men
  • Crossfit for Jesus
  • The New, New Perspective on Paul
  • ISIS and Palmyra Update
  • What is there to protest?
  • No more Confederate gear at Wal-Mart
  • NASCAR and racism
  • Cynicism and political expediency
  • Can we be colorblind when it comes to race?

Show Notes

Religion In The News

Ancient Religion

Thought Piece

 

Thinking Tech 8: Which Device Does a 2nd Grader Prefer?

Sam is joined by his daughters, Mary Hudson (age 7) and Laura (age 5) to talk about which devices they prefer for getting things done at both school and home.

Mary Hudson sings the Chromebook’s praises while Laura complains about not having access to Netflix on her Kindle HDX.

(Pro)Creation Theology

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Prof. Thomas Whitley and Sam Harrelson attempt to bring some thoughtfulness to the topic of religion again this week with discussions of procreation politics and theologies, agendas and searches for antiquities, and whether or not the earth is ours to dominate.

This Week’s Topics

  • Faith and restoration and scams
  • Gospel of Thomas on procreation
  • The “Gay Movement” as a recruitment campaign
  • Jeb! and The Don are running for President and Thomas is really excited
  • Is Donald Trump religious?
  • Indiana Jones and the Pursuit of the Precious Poker
  • Jews and Pompeii
  • Climate change and the Pope’s leaked Encyclical
  • How will the Pope’s statements on climate change as a theological issue affect the 2016 Presidential race here in the US?
  • Is the earth ours to dominate?

Show Notes

Religion In The News

Ancient Religion

Thought Piece – Climate Change and Theological Anthropologies

  • Pope’s Climate Change Encyclical Leaks – Mother Jones
      • the Earth “is protesting for the wrong that we are doing to her, because of the irresponsible use and abuse of the goods that God has placed on her. We have grown up thinking that we were her owners and dominators, authorized to loot her. The violence that exists in the human heart, wounded by sin, is also manifest in the symptoms of illness that we see in the Earth, the water, the air and in living things.”
      • L’espresso has the full draft (be warned, it’s 191 pages of Italian)
  • Why The Pope’s Stand On Climate Change Matters – NPR
    • “By taking on climate change, the leader of one of the world’s major religions is injecting something into the debate that has mostly been missing: the question of values. Pope Francis appears ready to argue that since the science is long settled, it’s now time to turn the discussion about climate change in a much different direction. Now we must ask ourselves what — based on our deepest values — are we obliged to do about it?”
  • Catholics Divided Over Global Warming – Pew Forum
    • Unsurprisingly, the split mirrors the electorate as a whole
    • White evangelicals are least likely group to say global warming is occurring (50%), is caused by humans (25%), and very serious problem (24%).
  • Carl Sagan on the shores of the cosmic ocean
  • Hacking the Universe on Galileo and looking outwards – Science Channel

Thinking Tech 7: The Technology You Were Born With

Sam Harrelson does a solo show discussing how he sees the evolution of personal computing from the year he was born (1978) to the year his first daughter was born (2007) and how personal computing will be dominated by the mobile experience. As a result, Sam discusses why he enjoys the Android ecosystem more than iOS and why he switched from an iPhone 6 Plus to a Google Nexus a few weeks ago. In the end, we are moving from an iPhone “versus” Android world into an iPhone “and” Android world.

Show Notes

 

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Thinking Out Loud 70: The Proof is in the Pudding

Elisabeth and Merianna’s podcast about reading, writing, editing, and life takes on the notions of self-publishing, and why Amazon is not everyone’s favorite book store.

Show Notes

What Elisabeth and Merianna are Reading

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Thinking Religion: One App To Rule Them All

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Prof. Thomas Whitley and Sam Harrelson attempt to bring some thoughtfulness to the topic of religion again this week with discussions of playing politics with religion, church apps, Twitter Communions, Caitlyn Jenners, the Apocalyptic Paul and the post-Enlightenment triumphalism.

This Week’s Topics

Franklin Graham and doing your homework
Catholic Church is getting a universal app
Virtual Communion? #nope
Idaho and the Bible as a textbook
Caitlyn Jenners and Biblical Depictions of Transgender
Eshbaal’s name found! The Bible is true! Well…
Paul’s fiery apocalypticism
Why do we call him Jesus and not Joshua?
Did the Enlightenment kill religion?

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Show Notes

Religion In The News

Ancient Religion

Thought Piece

 

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Thinking Religion: Hermeneutic of Suspicion

Prof. Thomas Whitley and Sam Harrelson attempt to bring some thoughtfulness to the topic of religion again this week with discussions of encyclicals, Perry’s campaign, victim mentality, church satellite campuses, Revelation and Paul, and reading the Bible.

This Week’s Topics

  • This Week in Beards
  • “So let’s talk about the Pope”
  • What’s an Encyclical?
  • Rubio’s religious journey
  • Perry the Platypus
  • Chauvinism, Molestation, Victim Mentality, and Christianity
  • “Preach at main campus, fly to satellite campus, preach, fly back to main campus and preach again”
  • Reading the Bible to agree with your position
  • “Sin is a category that is socially constructed.”
  • Hermeneutic of Suspicion
  • Will we “invade” ISIS?
  • Was Revelation anti-Paul?

Show Notes

Religion In The News

Ancient Religion

 

Thinking Out Loud 69: Let’s Start at the Very Beginning

Elisabeth and Merianna talk about how important beginnings are to a manuscript and to a book. They talk about beginnings are really exciting, but are also the most important aspect of the book because it is where you grab your readers and invite them into your world. Beginnings are where you first meet your audience, so make a good impression!

Show Notes

What Elisabeth is Reading

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What Merianna is Reading

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Thinking Religion: Smuggling Religion

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Prof. Thomas Whitley and Sam Harrelson attempt to bring some thoughtfulness to the topic of religion again this week with discussions of the Watchmen, Rambo Jesus, Westboro Church, Southern Baptists and Obama, Palmyra, Indiana Jones, and the next reformation.

This Week’s Topics

    • Who watches the Watchmen?
    • Rambo meets Heart of Darkness meets Jesus
    • Hatin’ on Ivory Coast
    • Well, the Bible says…
    • Obama supposedly offends the Southern Baptist Convention
    • Palmyra, India, Israel, and the role of the antiquities black market in politics
    • Mike Huckabee wants to be Indiana Jones
    • Pokers gonna poke
    • A New Reformation

Show Notes

Religion In The News

Ancient Religion

Thought Piece: Will Religion Dominate the 21st Century?

 

Thinking Out Loud 68: The Rules of Fiction

Elisabeth and Merianna talk about the rules of fiction and whether there are rules to abide by as an author. Is the author’s job to expose things that are not right in the world and to challenge people to rethink how the world exists? Doesn’t fiction makes it possible to live with people and walk with them for awhile; to hear their story and experience their story?

Show Notes

What Elisabeth is Reading

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What Merianna is Reading

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