Gospel According to the Simpsons Bigger and Better Leader's Guide for Group Study

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Introducing a complete revision of the study guide to the best-selling book The Gospel according to The Simpsons, complete with new studies on episodes of The Simpsons as well as studies for discussing other popular animated comedies such as Family Guy, King of the Hill, and Futurama.

This new edition features a session plan for a "green retreat" based on The Simpsons feature film and the environmental film An Inconvenient Truth, as well as a listing of DVD availability for each...

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Overview

Introducing a complete revision of the study guide to the best-selling book The Gospel according to The Simpsons, complete with new studies on episodes of The Simpsons as well as studies for discussing other popular animated comedies such as Family Guy, King of the Hill, and Futurama.

This new edition features a session plan for a "green retreat" based on The Simpsons feature film and the environmental film An Inconvenient Truth, as well as a listing of DVD availability for each episode with cross-references to the relevant chapters in the book.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780664232085
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
  • Publication date: 10/6/2009
  • Series: The Gospel According To... Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 103
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author


Samuel F. (Skip) Parvin is an established youth curricula writer and is the coauthor of the companion study guides for The Gospel according to The Simpsons and The Gospel according to Harry Potter. Parvin is also a former pastor of Isle of Faith United Methodist Church in Jacksonville, Florida.

Mark I. Pinsky is the author of The Gospel according to The Simpsons (with Samuel Parvin), The Gospel according to Disney, and A Jew among the Evangelicals. His writing has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, and the Columbia Journalism Review. He appears frequently in national media discussing religion and culture.

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Table of Contents

Introduction to the Second Edition vii

Introduction to the First Edition ix

How to Use This Guide 1

Episode Availability 3

The Simpsons

1 Dealing with Cults and Sects Episode: "The Joy of Sect" 7

2 Spiritual Healing Episode: "Faith Off" 15

3 What Is Our Mission? Episode: "Missionary Impossible" 22

4 Creation Care: A Green Retreat Based on The Simpsons Movie and An Inconvenient Truth 31

5 Sacrament and Sacrilege: An Appreciation of The Simpsons Movie 55

Futurama

6 The Nature of God Episode: "Godfellas" 65

7 What about Hell? Episode: "Hell Is Other Robots" 74

Family Guy

8 Spiritual and Religious Tolerance Episode: "Holy Crap" 85

King of the Hill

9 Talking about God Episode: "Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret Hill" 97

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