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The Springfield Reformation

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Table of Contents

Introduction; Chapter 1: Philosophical Framework; Chapter 2: The Doctrine of God; Chapter 3: Our Souls and the Afterlife; Chapter 4: Prayer; Chapter 5: The Christian Ethic: How Should a Christian Behave in Contemporary America?; Chapter 6: Personal Faith; Chapter 7: Science versus Religion; Conclusion.

About the Author

Jamey Heit is Assistant Professor at Mercer Community College and also teaches at West Chester University, PA, in the Philosophy department.


In this wise and engaging book, Jamey Heit offers us a profound and perceptive new view of the ways Christianity is presented, criticized and gently reaffirmed in television's now-classic comic series, The Simpsons. By continually comparing the series' portrayal of contemporary American religion to Reformation critiques of the religious practice of its day, Heit gives us a brilliantly illuminating context for interpreting the show as constructive satire, and for hearing between its lines a call to reform some of our own religious and social assumptions. Brian E. Daley, SJ; Catherine F. Huisking Professor of Theology, University of Notre Dame ""The Simpsons" holds up a funhouse mirror to American Society, presenting a distorted image in which we nonetheless very clearly recognize our own reflection. In "The Springfield Reformation" Heit provides a humorous and thoroughgoing analysis of Christianity on "The Simpsons" and along the way sheds light on much of what is right and wrong about contemporary American Christianity. Evolution, economics, and evangelicals all get due attention. Any fan of the show will find this book rewarding reading." William Irwin, co-editor of "The Simpsons and Philosophy: The D'oh! of Homer" "Heit has done his homework, watching hundreds of episodes and surveying a mountain of scholarly research. The result is an that shows religion to be much more than a convenient punch line for the show's creators, who see some of the same problems in the church of their day that Luther saw in his own time."The Youth Worker Journal--Sanford Lakoff "The Springfield Reformation" is as smart, searing and timely as "The Simpsons"! Jamey Heit demonstrates how "The Simpsons" holds up a cracked and crucial mirror to American civil religion and particularly Protestant Christianity. He highlights Homer's comedic misunderstandings of God and Lisa's sharp, spiritual insights. "The Springfield Reformation" points out the gap between Americans' beliefs and practices (just like the show). Heit's masterful survey of 400 episodes (and the movie!) make it an essential addition to the growing field of theology and pop culture. Craig Detweiler, Ph.D., director of Reel Spirituality, Fuller Theological Seminary and author of "Into the Dark: Seeing the Sacred in the Top Films of the 21st Century Cinema".

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