Religion and Television
A Special Issue of the journal of Media and Religion
Edited by Daniel A. Stout, Judith M. Buddenbaum
Published February 1st 2003 by Routledge – 64 pages
This special issue presents four articles on the topic of religion and television. The first article analyzes five of the highest-rated television dramas from the 2000-2001 season in terms of "faith-based" media literacy. It strives for a more systematic and conceptually sound critique that gets beyond the casual assessments frequently found in the popular press. The next article discusses The Simpsons and how it reflects a commitment to satirizing the pietistic and hypocritical elements of American religious expression, but does not attack the bases of American religious faiths. The third article looks to what Veggie Tales--a popular children's video series--presents in terms of race, gender, and authority. The final article is about The X-Files, a science fiction program that--on one level--is one of the most sophisticated treatments of religion in the history of television drama. Its ability to interweave complex issues regarding institutional religion and practice is deserving of attention from researchers.
Volume 1, Number 3, 2002. Contents: T. Bleythe, Working Hard for the Money: A Faith-Based Media Literacy Analysis of the Top Television Dramas of 2000-2001. T.V. Lewis, The Simpsons.Religious Rhetoric and the Comic Frame in H. Warren, The Bible Tells Me So: Depictions of Race, Gender and Authority in Children's Videos. P.C. Peterson, The X-Files.Religion in BOOK REVIEWS: J. Omachonu, Communicating for Life: Christian Stewardship in Community and Media by Quentin J. Schultze. B. Evensen, The Evangelist and the Impresario: Religion, Entertainment and Cultural Politics in America, 1884-1914 by Kathryn J. Oberdeck.