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Category Archives: Television

Louie and Jesus

A brief plug: the best combination of hilarity and profundity on TV right now for my money is Louie (the brainchild of the star, comedian Louis C.K.). The most recent episode, “God” deals in a shockingly profound way with theological issues related to growing up with Catholic guilt, and the all-too-common (across confessional lines) abusive […]

South Park Does Glenn Beck

Just too good not to share:

Does Television Diminish our Capacity to Love?

According to Mark Shiffman at the Front Porch Republic, it sure seems to: The attention that constitutes love – love of others and love of the beauty of nature – requires patience and a kind of active receptivity. While a person, or a plant, animal, stream or valley is in front of us, we cannot […]

The Commodification of Chastity

South Park has roared back to life with a fantastic season premier that nails the way in which symbols of chastity–particularly those from Christian pop culture–are fetishized and eroticized for the purpose of profit. The chief culprit in this is, of course, Disney: [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TbL3R2GTIW4&feature=related] [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nhO_fEcfYAg] Full episode, here.

24: Officially Insane

I admit I’ve seen nearly all of 24′s seven seasons. John McQuaid gets it just right in his post on the current season: This season, the show has layered the earnest action and farce with something else – a straight-up advocacy of torture (at least in the “ticking time bomb” scenario, which is 100 percent […]

South Park on Gender Crossing

In case some of you are wondering what my promised future post on transgender issues will be like, allow me to give you some idea of the general direction that it will be coming from.  Now, if you are offended by, well, offensive things, then by all means do not watch this.  If, however you […]

Mormonism: A Guide for the Perplexed

No, it isn’t the latest book in the Continuum Series, it’s the classic, funny, and sadly accurate depiction of Mormon origins from South Park. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvZGozi3Q0A]

The Ontology of Telekinesis

It’s always interesting what the American superhero genre does to reveal the contemporary zeitgeist.  While I wouldn’t doubt that children of all epochs have wished they could fly or had super strength, the American superhero mythos is a particular phenomenon which reveals all manner of interesting thins about the Western understanding of power and selfhood.  This […]

And now for something completely different!

Alright, I know you guys are all expecting some big theological post about how I’m converting to Catholicism or about how Catholicism is actually the antichrist, but those will have to wait.  Right now I have something far more important to say. Tim Kring, if you kill off H.R.G. (a.k.a. Noah Bennett), so help me […]

Voting? Seriously? Capitalism anyone?

So, apparently it’s about time to vote again in the good old U.S. of A. and I, of course will not be voting.  And for the first time I’ve been castigated by a few of my acquaintances over my non-voting status.  I’m curious to see what people here might think about the whole matter.  Obviously […]

The Drama of Atheist Humanism Continues…

 I recently came across this interesting post by decorated atheist blogger, P.Z. Myers.  He related a rather disturbing lecture that was given recently by Christopher Hitchens, in which he definitively wed militant atheism to American imperialism at its worst.  Here is a lengthy quote from his post: [Hitchens] told us what the most serious threat […]

Radical Orthodoxy meets South Park

Lee over at the Smithy has produced an awesome post on Radical Orthodoxy in which he likens it to what is probably my favorite cartoon and guilty pleasure, South Park. Here’s a bit of what he said: I don’t know if any of my gentle readers recall the early Southpark episode where Tweak is out […]

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