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Raging Devil: DAREDEVIL and the Failure of Imagination

Daredevil

In several places, Daredevil fans of the religious persuasion, have claimed that an understanding of Matt Murdock’s Catholic faith is integral to a deeper appreciation of the story. It’s true that Matt had a Catholic upbringing and education and frequently visits a priest to air his dirty laundry. However, he also practices meditation, which seems… Read more »

Content Television Takes On Patterns of Evidence: The Exodus

On Patterns of Evidence: The Exodus

Content Television has secured the international distribution rights for the feature-length documentary Patterns of Evidence: The Exodus, in which filmmaker Timothy Mahoney chronicles an archeological investigation in Egypt as his team attempts to corroborate the biblical text. From Thinking Man Films, the doc seeks to answer the question of whether or not there is any… Read more »

How Catholic is ‘A.D. The Bible Continues’?

“A.D. The Bible Continues,” a 12-episode series that premieres on NBC at 9 p.m. on Easter Sunday, is the latest in a string of faith-based projects that actress/producer Roma Downey and husband Mark Burnett are bringing to the screen. An interview with actress and producer Roma Downey She said the film, based on the Acts… Read more »

Religious leaders unite to plead to ABC board

Almost 30 religious leaders have united to plead with the ABC board to refrain from planned cuts to the national broadcaster’s coverage of religion, which they say is “crucial in the life of our nation” and its identity. Christian, Muslim, Jewish and Hindu leaders sent an an open letter addressed to ABC Managing Director Mark… Read more »

Summer Silliness: Sharknado 2 & Black Jesus

I like Black Jesus because it suggests a Jesus that has human habits, tastes, and even foibles, and is still a loving and even admirable figure. This is a necessary corrective. I firmly believe most Christians, especially conservatives and evangelicals, are Docetists – that is, they don’t really believe Jesus was human. Not in any… Read more »

False choice in True Blood (Season 7, episode 7)

In this week’s episode of True Blood Sarah, a deeply misguided character hallucinates that two of her past, now dead, mentors/lovers are vying for her soul. It mocks two and a half religions pretty well. Here is how the conversation went: “I am here because you’re gonna die tonight, Sarah. I am here to give you… Read more »

Cross and Snake in True Blood

In the sixth episode of the current season of True Blood, titled Karma, there was a powerful scene with strong iconography: on a white cross, an African-American woman with snake around her neck was practicing glossolalia, speaking in tongues in a vision to her mother from a version of the afterlife. Here is a bit of a… Read more »

Televised Prayer: Rev.

People don’t pray on television. Let me rephrase that: when people pray on television, they pray badly. They ask God for stuff, and then they get it. Television prayer is usually depicted as a quid pro quo. That’s why it was surprising, in one of the final episodes of the BBC series Rev., to see… Read more »