The Simpsons invaded America in 1989, taking over our TV screens like Kang and Kodos, opening parents’ wallets wide through mass commercialization, and reveling in the seeming religiosity of its singular inhabitants. For a boy roughly the same age as Bart when the series began, The Simpsons was the first TV show I wholly identified with, even as many of the cultural jokes sailed over my naive little head. Still, the show resonated with me and proved that it’s OK to laugh at yourself.
Religion, and Christianity in particular, can be very funny things.
In The Gospel According to Breaking Bad, I talk about one of the books that inspired me to write it, Mark I. Pinsky’s well-researched and well-written The Gospel According to The Simpsons. If you’re a fan of the show, or just appreciate great words that look at the intersection of faith and culture, you’d do well to add that book to your library.
Here’s an excerpt from the first chapter of my book talking about The Simpsons‘ effect on my young psyche: