I have a good friend who I have given a tribute to here on the blog before: Jamey Heit. He helped get me in shape a few years ago, was a faithful companion in a guys group I was a part of during seminary, had provided me with endless hours laughing, and is an all around great guy.
Well, he’s recently published a new book – “The Springfield Reformation: The Simpsons, Christianity and American Culture.” I want to mention it here because Jamey is a brilliant guy – he’s currently studying Religion and Literature for his PhD at the University of Glasgow. Jamey has gotten some good reviews for the book, one from Craig Detweiler, director of Reel Spirituality at Fuller Theological Seminary:
“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.”
I’m currently swamped with life, searching for jobs, etc., and haven’t had a chance to read through the book, but I will post more about it after I’ve read it. Until then – you can pick up your copy here. You should also check out these links:
JameyHeit.com: I recently finished this site for Jamey. You can read more about Jamey, as well as learn more about his previous books. Check it out here.
Fan’s of The Springfield Reformation Facebook Group: Here you can join the Facebook group and keep updated with everything related to the book.