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The gospel according to the Simpsons : bigger and possibly even better! edition with a new afterword exploring South park, Family guy, and other animated TV shows

Author: Mark I Pinsky
Publisher: Louisville, Ky. : Westminster John Knox Press, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
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Examines the treatment of religion in "The Simpsons," profiling several characters, describing the show's often-sarcastic exploration of moral and ethical issues, and discussing its underlying support of family and community values as well as religious diversity.
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Genre/Form: Animated television programs
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Mark I Pinsky
ISBN: 9780664231606 0664231608 9780664232658 0664232655
OCLC Number: 84838743
Description: viii, 317 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Divine imagery : "Perfect teeth. Nice smell. A class act all the way" --
Personal prayer : "Dear God, give the bald guy a break!" --
The evangelical next door : "If everyone were like Ned Flanders, there'd be no need for heaven" --
The church and the preacher : "We don't have a prayer!" --
Heaven, hell, and the devil : "I'd sell my soul for a donut!" --
Moral dilemmas : "Dad, we may have saved your soul" --
The Bible : "I think it may be somewhere towards the back" --
Catholics : "That's Catholic, Marge--voodoo" --
The Jews : "Mel Brooks is Jewish?--Are we Jewish?" --
Buddhism : Lisa changes teams, sort of --
Miscellaneous : "Hindu! There are 700 million of us!" --
Gay marriage : out of the closet, left at the altar --
The creators : "Humor is in indirect proportion to one's true belief" --
Conclusion : cloaking the sacred with the profane? --
Afterword : Futurama, King of the hill, Family guy, American dad, and yes, South Park.
Responsibility: Mark I. Pinsky.
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In this entertaining and enlightening book, religion reporter Pinsky shows how "The Simpsons" engages issues of religion and morality in a thoughtful, provocative, and genuinely respectful way.  Read more...

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