Month: November 2017

Episode 131: Pushing Against the Public Transcript

Dr. Thomas Whitley and the Rev. Sam Harrelson discuss Black Friday, gaming, moral questions, Evangelical strawmen, and complicity. Support Thinking Religion Links: Why It’s Justified To Vote For A Morally Questionable Politician Southern Baptists have lost a million members in 10 years – Baptist News Global The End of the Social Era Can’t Come Soon Enough | Vanity Fair MCALLISTER: A Response To Ben Shapiro: Christians Shouldn’t Feel Guilty About Voting For Roy Moore | …

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Tech and Public Policy

Interesting article from NY’s Attorney General directed at the FCC: In today’s digital age, the rules that govern the operation and delivery of internet service to hundreds of millions of Americans are critical to the economic and social well-being of the nation. Yet the process the FCC has employed to consider potentially sweeping alterations to current net neutrality rules has been corrupted by the fraudulent use of Americans’ identities — and the FCC has been unwilling to …

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“What’s a computer?”

There’s this meme that keeps coming back on Twitter. A young person discovers a floppy disk and calls it the save icon. Apple is using the same idea with this ad. When the mum asks her daughter what she is doing on her computer, she answers “what’s a computer?” via Apple’s new ad shows how iPads are going to replace laptops | TechCrunch There’s no doubt that “computing” will continue to evolve from the way …

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Episode 130: Jesus, Mary, and Joseph!

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. Special Guest: Christopher A. Frilingos. Support Thinking Religion Links: Jesus, Mary, and Joseph | Christopher A. Frilingos Amazon: Jesus, Mary, and Joseph: Family Trouble in the Infancy Gospels — When …

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Episode 129: Writing Their Last Chapters

Dr. Thomas Whitley and Rev. Sam Harrelson watch election returns together and discuss the impact of our choices and the role of our national patience. Support Thinking Religion

Is the iPhone X as a UX disaster?

You’re looking at a UX disaster, the result of eliminating what is probably the simplest, most intuitive form of navigation ever implemented in consumer electronics: the iPhone’s home button. The iPhone X replaces it with the mess above. This is bad news, because this interaction is a fundamental part of the user experience. via The iPhone X Is A User Experience Nightmare

“a new combination of media company and public utility”

Great point… and it’s unimaginable to me that anyone in government or a high profile position would take their own security and (operational and informational) so lightly… As we saw this week, when Twitter, Facebook, and Google testified on Capitol Hill about Russias election meddling, “social media companies have failed to come to grips with who they are, and what role they play in society. They imagine themselves as tech companies that just make products, …

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Episode 128: “I have no idea what you believe.”

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. Special Guest: Merianna Neely Harrelson. Support Thinking Religion Links: Merianna Neely Harrelson – Pastor and publisher New Hope Christian Fellowship Academy of Faith and Leadership – Lenoir-Rhyne University Belinda Carlisle – Heaven Is A Place On Earth – YouTube Plan of …

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