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Religion in pop culture author to lecture at WFU

March 10, 2008

Mark Pinsky, religion writer for the Orlando Sentinel and author of “The Gospel According to the Simpsons” will discuss  “Religion and Popular Culture:  Shotgun Wedding, Marriage of Convenience or Match Made in Heaven?” at 7 p.m. March 25 in Annenberg Forum in Carswell Hall at Wake Forest University. 

The lecture is free and open to the public, and will be followed by a book signing.  Pinsky will also talk to several religion and journalism classes March 26.

Lynn Neal, assistant professor of religion, teaches a first-year seminar on pop culture and religion and was instrumental in bringing Pinsky to Wake Forest.  Because more people are relying on television as a source for religious literacy, Neal says these popular culture forms need to be taken seriously.  “We need to understand how these shows both reflect and shape our culture’s views on religion,” she says.  “That is why we have asked Mark Pinsky to come to campus:  to help us further our understanding of this complicated – and fun – relationship.”

Pinsky specializes in coverage of evangelical Christianity in the Sunbelt for the Orlando Sentinel.  His writing on faith, media and popular culture has been published in Christianity Today, Moment, The Columbia Journalism Review, Quill and Harvard Divinity Bulletin.  His articles have also appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post.  Other books by Pinsky include “The Gospel According to Disney:  Faith, Trust and Pixie Dust” and “A Jew among the Evangelicals:  A Guide for the Perplexed.”

Pinsky is among 10 prominent journalists selected for the 2008 Templeton-Cambridge Journalism Fellowships in Science and Religion.  The fellowships include a summer program of research and scholarship at the University of Cambridge in England.

Press Contacts:

Audrey Fannin
(336) 758-5237

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