The Simpsons is one of the longest running, funniest, most irreverent, and, according to some religious leaders, the most spiritually relevant show on television today. Religion journalist Mark Pinsky explores the moral and religious dilemmas faced by Homer, Marge, Bart and other key characters in the series - including Ned Flanders (the evangelical next-door neighbour), Reverend Lovejoy (the town's pastor) and the long-suffering Apu (the Hindu shopkeeper). This is the first book-length treatment of the religious implications of "The Simpsons". Using his accessible style, Mark Pinsky explores the treatment of God on the show, the use of prayer in the Simpson household, Lisa as the voice of Jesus, heaven and hell, and The Bible. He asks why The Simpsons was so strongly denounced by conservative Christians in the early 1990s. He interviews several of the show's writers and producers and concludes by considering the question, is The Simpsons supportive or subversive of religious faith? The answer in this witty, accessible and enlightening book may surprise you.
"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.
This 2001 paperback first edition is in a good used condition. There is a slight mark on the barcode on the back cover but otherwise the book is clean and bright.