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The Gospel According to The Simpsons

Ross Reynolds
09/04/2001 at 1:00 p.m.

A conversation on television and religion with a born again Christian who writes TV comedies, and with the author of the forth coming book The Gospel According to The Simpsons.

On The Simpsons, Homer wails "God, if you really are God, you’ll get me tickets to the game. Why do you mock me O Lord." Their pious neighbor Ned flanders vacations at "America’s Most Judgemental Religious Theme Park". Some conclude from the many smart ass jibes that The Simpsons is sacrilegious. Au contraire say many observers. In fact in recent months conservative and liberal religious magazines have commented on how religion defines America’s most popular animated family.

We hear from the author of the forth coming book The Gospel According to The Simpsons, We hear from a born again Christian who writes TV comedies, and ask you, does television and other popular culture reflexively tear down religion, or is there - beneath the humor - something else going on? Do you think there’s a spiritual message in the Simpsons and other examples of popular culture?

Guests:
Mark Pinsky, religion writer for the Orlando Sentinel, author of the forthcoming book The Gospel According to The Simpsons [Westminster John Knox Press]
Dean Batali, Producer/Writer on That 70's Show
Prof. William D. Romanowski of Calvin College, author - Eyes Wide Open: Looking for God in Popular Culture

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