Jesus According to Pop Culture

Saturday, 31 Oct 2015

'Nowhere in pop culture does Jesus get more airtime than among professional athletes, especially after Super Bowl victories, prize fights, and playoff games.'
Back in 2005, the satirical newspaper The Onion issued one of its better mock headlines, ‘Vatican Gives Popular Jesus Character a Whole New Look.’ According to their sources, ‘the shabby robe-and-sandals look is out, as Vatican makeover artists unveil a new, sleeker son of God featuring a white leather trench coat, short gelled hair, and a throwing star of David.’ They went on to quote fictional Vatican PR executive Giovanni Ramola: ‘We tried to think of it as, ‘What if Jesus wasn’t the son of God, but the son of Vin Diesel?” As with most ...

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