Author Mark Pinsky has written a book titled "The Gospel According to the Simpsons." The book suggests that the Simpsons are a family in which religion plays a part, and that they are reflective of many American families. For instance, the Simpsons say grace, attend church, reference the Bible and pray. And episodes have tackled religious themes, Pinsky says. What do you think? Does "The Simpsons" add to the religious conversation in America?
"The Simpsons" satirizes many aspects of our society, including politics, education, social attitudes and quite naturally, religion. Spiritual beliefs play a central role in most American lives, and thus will inevitably be portrayed in films and animated features that reflect them — it's a case of the well-known idiom that "art imitates life." I believe this is actually a positive sign, since it underscores the significance of faith in this great country.
Judging from many "Simpsons" episodes with religious content, it seems that the producers are having a whole lot of fun — while highlighting some important religious ethics.