Articles about the Book
The Huffington Post Comedy—The Simpson’s Springfield Finds a Home
For fans of The Simpsons, the long-standing debate on where the iconic family’s hometown of Springfield is located is finally settled. It’s Central Florida, in particular, here at Universal Studios Florida. (read more)
Once denounced for its irreverence, after it’s 400th episode, The Simpsons still grapple with many of the same religious and moral issues facing the rest of us in non-cartoon society — Gay marriage; a child’s conversion to Buddhism; socially awkward and weird Christian neighbors! The Simpsons have paved the way for other envelope pushing animated sitcoms, which also address the theme of religion, like South Park, Family Guy & King of The Hill. However, theologians from across denominations agree that The Simpsons is “the most consistent and intelligent treatment of religion on TV.” Mark joins us to chat about the real and surreal aspects of The Gospel According To The Simpsons.
D’Oh! Top Ten (Plus One) Religious Episodes on ‘The Simpsons’
By Mark I. Pinsky
Bart Simpson once asked his father about the family’s religious identity.
Homer classically replied, “You know, the one with all the well-meaning rules that don’t work in real life. Uh, Christianity.” In 18 seasons of ‘The Simpsons,’ nearly 20 episodes of the award-winning animated series have focused almost exclusively on faith, religion, and spirituality, while similar subplots, jokes, and images are scattered throughout 150 other episodes.
Is The Simpsons still subversive?
By Martin Rosenbaum
Producer, Whose side is Bart Simpson on?, BBC Radio 4
“I will not instigate revolution.” That’s what Bart has to write out repeatedly in an early episode of The Simpsons, which traditionally begins with him chalking up punishment lines on the class blackboard.
The Gospel according to the Simpsons – Curriculum Guide
“You should read this book to see that we all have a little Homer in us and that God is alive and well and living in Springfield.”
-Youthworker Journal on The Gospel According to The Simpsons(tm)
Mark I. Pinsky is author of The Gospel According to The Simpsons(tm): The Spiritual Life of the World’s Most Animated Family and the forthcoming The Gospel According to Disney: Cartoon Faith & Values-available from Westminster John Knox Press.
Samuel “Skip” Parvin is an established writer of youth curriculum and editor and writer for Reel to Real: Making the Most of Movies With Youth. He serves as pastor at Tuskawilla United Methodist Church in Florida.