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Pitching spiritual messages

Bobby Ross Jr. Published: September 1, 2001


"The Simpsons."

Mr. Rogers.

Jesus Christ at McDonald's.

This edition of Religion Roundup features a few surprises.

RedHawk to speak - R.A. Dickey will make his pitch, so to speak, at the 10:15 a.m. Sunday worship service of Trinity Church of the Nazarene, 7301 S Walker.

The Oklahoma RedHawks pitcher will give his Christian testimony and talk about his work with young people in the United States and other countries.

Dickey is active with Honoring the Father Ministries. For more information, go to the Web site at

Gospel according to who? - Don't have a cow, man, but a new book explores the spiritual underpinnings of "The Simpsons."

Yes, those Simpsons.

Mark I. Pinsky, a religion reporter for the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel, has written a book titled "The Gospel According to The Simpsons: The Spiritual Life of the World's Most Animated Family."

Promotional materials describe the $12.95 paperback as a look "at the use of God, Jesus, heaven and hell, the Bible, prayer in the Simpson household, the next-door evangelist Ned Flanders, and the town's church and pastor, Rev. Lovejoy."

Pinsky concludes that, on the whole, the show is supportive and not subversive of faith.

The Simpsons, by the way, made the cover of Christian Century in January ("TV's most religious family?") and the cover of Christianity Today in February ("Saint Flanders: The Simpsons' Ned Flanders is the most visible evangelical to many Americans - and that's just okily-dokily.")

Mr. Rogers leaves neighborhood - The neighborhood of make-believe lost its most famous resident Friday when Mr. Rogers tossed his loafers aside and hung up his sweater for the last time, as reported by Religion News Service.

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