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Soasig Chamaillard: Re-imagining the Virgin Mary Through Pop Culture

Soasig Chamaillard: Re-imagining the Virgin Mary Through Pop Culture

By Lauren Cooper…..Across the world, the image of the Virgin Mary is an iconic one, easily recognizable regardless of one’s religious affiliation. It goes without saying that many Christians view the likeness of Virgin Mary as sacred, and yet it is not unreasonable to suggest that this reverence for the virgin mother’s image extends beyond Christianity. It is an image universally held in high esteem because of its association with the sacred, regardless of whether or not there are beliefs attached to this association.

What TV Has Taught Me About Religion Lately

What TV Has Taught Me About Religion Lately

By Briallen Hooper, Huffington Post
It started with Glee. First, former football star Finn saw Jesus in a grilled cheese sandwich and started praying to his new “cheesy Lord,” and his prayers were all answered — which was great at first, until suddenly it got a little scary. Then the father of aspiring diva Kurt had a heart attack and ended up in a coma, and Kurt’s atheism was put to the test when all his friends tried to comfort him with spiritual music and prayers. Next, on Modern Family, no-nonsense dad Jay announced to his wife Gloria “I’m done with church!” and headed to the golf course on a Sunday morning. His 10-year-old stepson Manny skipped church based on Jay’s assurance that “there is no hell,” but later, when Jay admitted he couldn’t actually prove that hell doesn’t exist, Manny was propelled into a full-scale religious crisis and started to hyperventilate.

Grilling Glee: A Divided Duet

Grilling Glee: A Divided Duet

Glee club member Finn makes a grilled cheese sandwich and sees the face of Jesus in it. Not sure if praying to Jesus works like a Genie, he prays that three wishes be granted — for the his high school football team to win a game, for his girlfriend and Glee club colleague Rachel to allow him to touch her breasts, and to be restored to the position of quarterback on the team. After the first of these prayers is realized, he requests that the Glee club sing songs praising Jesus, which concerns Rachel, who is Jewish. Kurt, another member of the Glee club, faces a personal crisis as his father suffers a heart attack…..