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Thomas Whitley

Thomas Whitley

M. Div/M.A. in Religion Student, soon to be pursuing PhD. (http://thomaswhitley.com)
Re: What is heresy? (an interview with Justin Holcomb) - http://rachelheldevans.com/blog...
"I appreciate the conversation starter that this is, but the way that Holcomb talks about "the early Church" and the councils is quite simplistic. For instance, he says that "Christians today would do well to recover the doctrinal precision of the early church before judging any belief as heretical." But is he speaking of the church in the 1st century and 2nd century or the 4th and 5th century? These are quite different and the "doctrinal precision" of each looked quite different as well (The concept of the Trinity being but one of the a major differences). The idea, which seems to undergird his entire view of the orthodoxy/heresy dichotomy, that the various creeds and publications of councils of antiquity were arrived at fairly simply and that they were "fully representative" and "universally recognized" is simply not true. I prefer to look at the boundary lines drawn by various individuals and groups. What we see when we do this is the political nature of the very concept of..." - Thomas Whitley
Re: Win one year of Wunderlist Pro and a brand new Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 - https://www.wunderlist.com/blog...
"There's only one thing on my wish list this year :)" - Thomas Whitley
Re: Why isn’t Thomas Whitley in this competition? - http://samharrelson.com/2013...
"Not sure they'd let me enter since much of my research deals with sex. Or maybe that's precisely what would help me win." - Thomas Whitley
Re: FSU Grad Students Call For Full Health Coverage - http://news.wfsu.org/post...
"With the recent recognition of FSU as one of only two preeminent universities in the state, this seems like a no-brainer. Increasing the healthcare stipend to cover 100% of the healthcare costs would go a long way not only in FSU's competitiveness among other graduate programs in the state, but also toward reaching some of the desired goals that go along with our new preeminent status. Graduate students worrying less about their bank accounts and focusing more on their research and teaching does nothing but help the University." - Thomas Whitley
Re: Back to School - 3 tips for a productive first semester - http://www.wunderlist.com/blog...
"Love Wunderlist and use it every day as a PhD student and was even telling a friend who is starting a PhD program this fall how great it is. I keep different lists for each class and a regular one for the library, as I am constantly needing books from there, but I really like the Smart Lists that allow me to quickly access items due at a certain time or that have been starred. And even as a non-Pro user, I've taken advantage of shared lists, helping my wife and I to stay on the same page for projects around the house and shopping lists. Would really love a free year of Wunderlist Pro. Keep up the great work!" - Thomas Whitley
Re: Back to School - 3 tips for a productive first semester - https://www.wunderlist.com/blog...
"Love Wunderlist and use it every day as a PhD student and was even telling a friend who is starting a PhD program this fall how great it is. I keep different lists for each class and a regular one for the library, as I am constantly needing books from there, but I really like the Smart Lists that allow me to quickly access items due at a certain time or that have been starred. And even as a non-Pro user, I've taken advantage of shared lists, helping my wife and I to stay on the same page for projects around the house and shopping lists. Would really love a free year of Wunderlist Pro. Keep up the great work!" - Thomas Whitley
Re: Back to School - 3 tips for a productive first semester - http://www.6wunderkinder.com/blog...
"Love Wunderlist and use it every day as a PhD student and was even telling a friend who is starting a PhD program this fall how great it is. I keep different lists for each class and a regular one for the library, as I am constantly needing books from there, but I really like the Smart Lists that allow me to quickly access items due at a certain time or that have been starred. And even as a non-Pro user, I've taken advantage of shared lists, helping my wife and I to stay on the same page for projects around the house and shopping lists. Would really love a free year of Wunderlist Pro. Keep up the great work!" - Thomas Whitley
Re: Back to School - 3 tips for a productive first semester - https://www.wunderlist.com/blog...
"Love Wunderlist and use it every day as a PhD student and was even telling a friend who is starting a PhD program this fall how great it is. I keep different lists for each class and a regular one for the library, as I am constantly needing books from there, but I really like the Smart Lists that allow me to quickly access items due at a certain time or that have been starred. And even as a non-Pro user, I've taken advantage of shared lists, helping my wife and I to stay on the same page for projects around the house and shopping lists. Would really love a free year of Wunderlist Pro. Keep up the great work!" - Thomas Whitley
Re: To discern God in the world - http://www.abpnews.com/blog...
"I think you make a great point, Merianna. CBF has serious questions that must be answered and one necessity to moving forward is adaptability. Not everyone in the CBF has to or should agree on the SCOTUS decisions, but a decision this big with so much reaction should be addressed in some way." - Thomas Whitley
Re: Sexuality and the Christian Body, Part 1: “Contrary to Nature” (by Richard Beck) - http://rachelheldevans.com/blog...
"Part of what is rubbing me the wrong way about this argument is summed up nicely by this quote: "In both cases we see how immorality generally, and sexual licentiousness in particular, get attributed to natural kinds (e.g., race, gender)." The "both cases" referenced here are the ideas that black men had a voracious sexual appetite for white women and that black people were naturally more promiscuous than white people. Shouldn't these examples be used to make the point that these are *polemical* arguments and have *no basis* in reality? Moreover, the point abut attributing immorality and licentious to "natural kinds" is inherently misguided. We know now that race and gender are not "natural kinds." That is, these are socially constructed categories that get established as normative categories. Likewise, Paul's comments about how gentiles are by nature licentious should not make us realize how poor and depraved we are since we're not Jewish, but rather cause us to realize that Paul was..." - Thomas Whitley
Re: What’s Next For Me - http://samharrelson.com/2013...
"Exciting, and no doubt anxious, times. Let me know what I can do to help, if anything." - Thomas Whitley
Re: freebie friday Sophia 2013 calendar - http://www.patheos.com/blogs...
"I would love this." - Thomas Whitley
Not too bad for the first ride post back surgery. - http://www.flickr.com/photos...
Not too bad for the first ride post back surgery.
Re: Freebie Friday 3 Rachel Held Evans Books - http://www.patheos.com/blogs...
"Been following Rachel's blog for some time. Would love a copy of her book." - Thomas Whitley
Re: Freebie Friday: pair of prints your choice - http://www.patheos.com/blogs...
"Awesome." - Thomas Whitley
Re: freebie friday Sophia “steadfast” print - http://www.patheos.com/blogs...
"Powerful." - Thomas Whitley
Re: Lisa Miller Is Wrong: Atheists Are Not Petty or Closed-Minded - http://www.patheos.com/blogs...
"Well-said, Hemant. One contention, though, on your statement, "It’s not like Christians groups are fighting these cases. Why would they? They’re the beneficiaries." There are some of us Christians who are. And not just individuals. Look at the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty (http://www.bjconline.org/)." - Thomas Whitley
Re: “The Bible is diverse because life is” - http://rachelheldevans.com/blog...
"The Bible became much more meaningful to me as a text when I began to see it as a human product. I was now able to be honest about how others have tried to understand God in their lives. Anyway, I think it's important to read the text that we have in front of us and not what we want it to say, as you've been pushing. Keep it up. I personally differ from you and Enns on a lot of theological points, but that's why I keep reading your stuff. What seems problematic to me, though, about the conclusion - that the unity of the Bible is found in Jesus - is that this seems to do harm to texts and authors that knew nothing of Jesus and had no idea that their words would later be used to make such connections. I'm much more comfortable with the preceding quote you offer: “the diversity of Scripture—and the tensions that this diversity introduces—bears witness to God’s revelation rather than detracts from it.” This perspective does not presume to claim Christian superiority of the texts of the..." - Thomas Whitley
Re: FREEBIE FRIDAY print Sophia “trapped” - http://www.patheos.com/blogs...
"Good stuff" - Thomas Whitley
Re: Giveaway: Epson MegaPlex MG-50 iOS-Connected Projector - http://www.mactrast.com/2012...
"Pick me! Pick me!" - Thomas Whitley
Re: Freebie Friday metamorphosis print - http://www.patheos.com/blogs...
"Nice work, as always." - Thomas Whitley
Re: Evernote Insider: Monthly Giveaways on our Facebook Page - http://blog.evernote.com/blog...
"Disregard previous comment - I was just able to like the page, but there is nowhere to enter information below the text: "For a chance to win a goodie bag, please enter the information below. Winners will be able to choose a t-shirt size and color from the choices available in our store at http://shop.evernote.com/ This giveway is open from July 10th to midnight PT on July 14th, 2012." Also, no need to post either comment, just providing feedback." - Thomas Whitley
Re: Evernote Insider: Monthly Giveaways on our Facebook Page - https://blog.evernote.com/blog...
"Disregard previous comment - I was just able to like the page, but there is nowhere to enter information below the text: "For a chance to win a goodie bag, please enter the information below. Winners will be able to choose a t-shirt size and color from the choices available in our store at http://shop.evernote.com/ This giveway is open from July 10th to midnight PT on July 14th, 2012." Also, no need to post either comment, just providing feedback." - Thomas Whitley
Re: Evernote Insider: Monthly Giveaways on our Facebook Page - http://blog.stage.evernote.com/blog...
"Disregard previous comment - I was just able to like the page, but there is nowhere to enter information below the text: "For a chance to win a goodie bag, please enter the information below. Winners will be able to choose a t-shirt size and color from the choices available in our store at http://shop.evernote.com/ This giveway is open from July 10th to midnight PT on July 14th, 2012." Also, no need to post either comment, just providing feedback." - Thomas Whitley
Re: Evernote Insider: Monthly Giveaways on our Facebook Page - https://blog.evernote.com/blog...
"I'm unable to "Like" the page on Facebook. Not sure if this if a Facebook issue or if it is specifically related to your page, but thought I'd let you know since I may not be the only one." - Thomas Whitley
Re: Evernote Insider: Monthly Giveaways on our Facebook Page - http://blog.evernote.com/blog...
"I'm unable to "Like" the page on Facebook. Not sure if this if a Facebook issue or if it is specifically related to your page, but thought I'd let you know since I may not be the only one." - Thomas Whitley
Re: Evernote Insider: Monthly Giveaways on our Facebook Page - http://blog.stage.evernote.com/blog...
"I'm unable to "Like" the page on Facebook. Not sure if this if a Facebook issue or if it is specifically related to your page, but thought I'd let you know since I may not be the only one." - Thomas Whitley
Re: Freebie Friday: “includer” print - http://www.patheos.com/blogs...
"Love it." - Thomas Whitley
Re: FREEBIE FRIDAY: print of Sophia “trapped” - http://www.patheos.com/blogs...
"Great work, as usual." - Thomas Whitley
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