I Love Glee, But I Hated Their ‘Religion’ Episode

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It was theological dilettantism at its very worst and a pandering to the lowest common denominator of religious ignorance.  The writers of the episode should be profoundly ashamed of themselves and they should never, ever attempt it again.

Glee is light and fun and clearly brilliantly written and performed- so long as it sticks with what it knows.  And it doesn’t know theology.  At all.

The ‘L’ in Glee last night could only stand for ‘Loser’.

5 thoughts on “I Love Glee, But I Hated Their ‘Religion’ Episode

  1. Bex 6 Oct 2010 at 12:05 pm

    And just exactly why should the writers of Glee know anything about theology? How many people do? That doesn’t mean that there aren’t questions, though. People, even TV writers, when they ask themselves these kind of questions, find the answers in half-formed ideas they’ve absorbed from the culture around them, which is not exactly conducive to coherent inquiry. Some will make an attempt to go beyond that, however flawed. That’s what I saw in last night’s episode. Where, by the way, did you get the idea that Glee is always “light and fun?”


    • Jim 6 Oct 2010 at 12:11 pm

      exactly my point- the writers of glee know NOTHING about theology and shouldn’t attempt any sort of opinion on it.


  2. Michael R. Janapin 6 Oct 2010 at 11:57 pm

    But Dr. West, you might want to consider that the writers of Glee are doing us a favor. If they mirror what ‘pop theology’ is, then we will have a good reason to offer ‘sound theology’ in its stead.

    I might use this episode in class to demonstrate how one can actually extract what pop theology is and offer a counter that is based on the bible.



  3. Eric Chamblee 7 Oct 2010 at 5:36 am

    The episode didn’t show the slightest respect toward anyone, believers or athesists. It was the worse episode they have ever done. Ugh.


  4. C 8 Oct 2010 at 6:47 pm

    Totally agree – I liked that they did it, but by the end of the episode I was actually really offended. They didn’t allow the members of other religions to express their beliefs – Rachel and Puck said very little about Judaism – and Kurt was “proved wrong” in the end and went to church. It felt like non-Christians were getting the chance to say their bit, but ultimately shown to be in the wrong. And there weren’t any representatives of non-monotheistic religions, either – I would have expected that in an American school with so many cultures together and it not being a denominational school.


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