The Gospel According to the "Simpsons": The Spiritual Life of the World's Most Animated Family Paperback – 15 Oct 2001
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"The Simpsons is one of the most subtle pieces of propaganda around in the cause of sense, humility and virtue. Mark Pinsky manages to decipher the code without deadening the humour, which is quite an achievement." The Right Revd Dr Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Wales
About the Author
Mark I. Pinsky is the author of The Gospel according to The Simpsons (with Samuel Parvin), The Gospel according to Disney, and A Jew among the Evangelicals. His writing has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, and the Columbia Journalism Review. He appears frequently in national media discussing religion and culture. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Which is a pity, because, as Pinsky points out, the Simpsons offers by far the most sympathetic portrayal of Christianity and Christians of any mainstream US show. This is a rich paradox, which the author explores in some depth, reviewing relevant episodes fairly carefully and interviewing writers and other staff.
I love the Simpsons, and I really enjoyed this book. As an outsider to Christianity, although a professional religious journalist, Pinsky gives a nicely balanced, objective picture of what is in the series. His fundamental conclusion is that Groening and his colleagues satirise all of American life even-handedly and affectionately, without the sound of grinding axes.
What we see then is different kinds of Christians and responses to Christianity. Marge tries to keep her ostensibly dysfunctional family on the straight and narrow. Revd Lovejoy and his wife less committed than their role in life would seem to demand. Ned Flanders is absolutely genuine - admirable but annoying. He is of course the perfect counterpoint to Homer who is loveable but hard to admire.
By and large this book gets it more or less right - no mean feat, considering that loads of episodes have been released since it was written which could easily have proved it wrong.
The only issue which I struggled with is Pinsky's suggestion that Lisa speaks for Jesus.Read more ›
Mark Pinsky's The Gospel Acording to The Simpsons is one of a burgeoning number of academic and popular studies which seek to solve the riddle of the extraordinary cultural phenomenon which is The Simpsons. Now in its fifteenth year, the cartoon family has been of no small significance in the development of Rupert Murdoch's media empire, providing a steady stream of viewers all over the world and more than a billion dollars in sales of licensed goods.
The Simpsons appeal has crossed class and generational barriers because it works on so many different levels. While children love its irreverence, adults may appreciate the sophistication which delivers a rich diet of literary and artistic references. Creator Matt Groening confesses that he would be unlikely to be recruited as a writer on the show today, since most of them are now graduates from Ivy League universities.
Religion plays a central part in the life of the Simpsons. On the surface level the life of the family and community are soaked in religion. Church attendance is mandatory every Sunday and characters talk regularly to God in times of need. More importantly, however, plotlines exploring religious themes occur regularly.Read more ›
He looks individually at the main religious characters, such as the Reverend Lovejoy, Evangelical neighbour Ned Flanders, and Lisa, who he considers as speaking for Jesus, as with her radical vews and strong faith (I always thought of her as speaking for Matt Groening myself, a kind of window on the world to see through the variously immoral, hypocritical and downright stupid attiudes of the Springfield townspeople). Script from the show and quotes from various intellectuals and Simpsons writers augment and reason his ideas.
Other religios are not overlooked either, with the references to Catholicism, Judaism and Hinduism looked at in depth. Like many sitcoms the show is slightly critical of the Catholic Church, reverent about Jews and their culture (there is a slight 'pro-Semitism' feel about this section, which is understandable but still slightly irksome), and refuses to discuss Islam for fear of reprisal. Indian Convenience store owner Apu 's faith gets a good look, showing that the show does not mock Hinduism, but shows it in its real light, and lets the reader make its own mind up (its ideas of Ganesh seem ludicrous at face value, yet Hindus are generally peaceful and postive people)
Interviews with the writers featre too- surprisingly most of these are not religious.Read more ›
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The great volume of American TV and movies that I grew up watching told me of a land where religion was largely irrelevant or ignored. Not so The Simpsons. Read morePublished on 10 Nov. 2009 by Flora Boticaa
if you dont have this book.get it now.it is a great book worth more than it is being sold for.Published on 25 Mar. 2005
This book was a chance buy after having seen it on amazon, I read it straight through, only stopping to laugh as the book conjoured up humerous images in the mind. Read morePublished on 7 Jan. 2002 by J. Rawcliffe