Faith in 2-D

It's the golden era of TV, and many shows explore moral and psychological issues with great nuance. Why not take religion as seriously?
December 18, 2012


I feared that Rev. would reprise the saccharine sweetness of The Vicar of Dibley. Episode one set me straight.
October 1, 2012


Theologians have long posited an omniscient God. The British TV show Sherlock delights us with an omniscient human being.
August 23, 2012

Game of Thrones

It seems like all anyone wants to talk about is power. And the best show on television about power is Game of Thrones.
July 15, 2012

My mother read to us a lot when we were little. Most of us were girls. And she liked classic stuff, so I grew up with a strong working knowledge of Little House and Little Women. (I don't think we ever read Little Men, but let's be honest, who did? Also: It's still about Jo!) But the house favorite was definitely Anne of Green Gables.
June 22, 2012

First of all, yes, if you're a linguistic traditionalist then the show should really be called The Rev., not Rev. Second of all, it's disappointing that by the second episode, the British scripted series is relying heavily on the old binary of a small, old-fashioned, declining, liberal congregation vs. a large, hip, casual, thriving, conservative one. (The latter's hip-hop music leader goes by the name Ikon! Cute, but haven't the showrunners heard of Peter Rollins?) Okay, now I can say it: Rev.'s on Hulu! You should watch it!
June 12, 2012

Downton Abbey

“I’ve been telling everyone who’ll listen how great Downton Abbey is,” I said in a sermon that was technically about evangelism. I was illustrating St. Augustine’s point that when people love, say, a great actor they tell others about him—and so how much more should we tell others about the gospel. A week later I learned how (un)successful that point had been. “I’ve watched every episode,” a parish­ioner said. “Now what was it you were trying to say about that show?”
May 2, 2012

Friday Night Lights, which ends tonight, portrays a small town and the relationships within it. The show is steadfastly conventional, commercially unsuccessful and the best thing on television.
February 9, 2011