Not too long ago I was praising the hit tv show "Glee" for tackling teen issues that other shows won't touch. Now they've done it again with the recent episode "Grilled Cheesus." The action begins with Finn, the jock-turned-Gleek, discovering an image of Jesus burned into the toast of his grilled cheese sandwich. He begins praying to this toasted icon and, sure enough, everything he
wishes prays for comes true! Finn's new-found faith sets off a chain reaction of feelings amongst the Glee kids, some who are religious, some not, including Kurt whose father is lying in a hospital bed dying.
Throughout the episode we see both the positives and negatives of the Christian faith -- the life-destroying judgment that some churches perpetuate, and the loving community that helps us through the tough times of life. And, as an added bonus, we get to see some of the characters espouse perfect examples of moralist therapeutic deism (like in the clip above). What other tv show would give over a whole episode to an examination of cultural attitudes toward religion coupled with music by Billy Joel?