Arts & Leisure

Hot in Cleveland and the sneaky secularism of sitcoms

Equipped with a “just for laughs!” cloaking device, sitcoms have long played a pivotal role in spreading secularism from America’s urban coastal centers to its heartland. For half a century, the attitudes of Manhattanites and Los Angelenos toward sex, race, gender, piety, politics and a host of other culture-war battlegrounds…  [more]

Louis C.K. and God as mom

We are planning to run a nice Mother’s Day piece by Shiao Chong on maternal images of God from the Bible, but for now I wanted to share Louis C.K.’s Saturday Night Live monologue, which recently touched on the same subject, albeit a bit less politely. Louis C.K. is a…  [more]

How resurrection shakes things up (on ABC and elsewhere)

In ABC's new drama Resurrection, there is something more troubling than the bodily resurrections taking place in Arcadia, Mo. Even more disturbing are the long-buried secrets the resurrected have brought back with them. Every scene of the show, it seems, brings with it another bit of the past that almost…  [more]

Stephen Colbert’s church marketing tips

Churches have tried Trunk or Treat events, Vacation Bible School programs and all other sorts of outreach efforts, only to see attendance at worship services dwindle. Last night on his satirical news show The Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert covered another way to fill the pews: free steak and guns. A…  [more]

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