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Religion and the Media Introduction In my 'Religion and the Media' coursework I will be looking at a variety of religious programs and discussing their relevance to modern religious views and morals. For the first part, I shall be looking specifically at the different religious programs shown on the four major television channels. I shall look in depth at how the issue of Euthanasia, a subject that a lot of people have a very strong opinion about, has been portrayed in the popular television soap Eastenders. I shall also be explaining how the subject of homosexuality, a subject that raise a lot of controversy among religions, is handled in the Hollywood film 'Philadelphia'. In the second part of my coursework I will discuss whether or not current television presents religious people as out of touch with the modern world. A1. Describe the variety of specifically religious programs on the four main television channels. There are quite a few religious programs shown on television at the moment but most of these fall into three main categories; mainstream worship, religious discussion and religious documentary. Two examples of religious discussion type shows are, 'Heaven on Earth' and 'Sunday Morning'. Both programs discuss current issues from a religious point of view, they both do this in such a way so that it is interesting to both religious and non-religious people. ...read more.


However, most characters were against euthanasia so this view was very well represented. For instance, Dot is clearly against it because at first she refuses to go along with it and later on she feels that she has committed murder, she even goes as far as to hand herself into the police. When she tells Pauline, Pauline is very harsh with her. She tells Dot that she has lost people close to her and how to take away the last days is wrong because they are the most precious. Although the program's main aim is to entertain, which it does well, it also help to bring important issues such as euthanasia into the public eye. It deals with the issue in a sensible, realistic way that would help people to understand it and is also sensitive to people who have been through it. It is realistic because it takes on some of societies taboos. Christian teachings regarding euthanasia say that euthanasia is a sin. "Whatever its motives and means, direct euthanasia consists in putting an end to the lives of handicapped, sick, or dying persons. It is morally unacceptable. ...the use of painkillers to alleviate the suffering of the dying, even at the risk of shortening their days, can be morally in conformity with human dignity if death is not willed as an end." ...read more.


For instance, in one episode they enter the Eurovision song contest and win. Also, they are constantly coming out with totally irrelevant lines; Dougal: I'm not the best at making decisions. Ted: Look..... Dougal: Or am I? This, hopefully, is nothing like priests in real life. In contrast, The Vicar of Dibley is very in touch with a modern world. For a start, the entire program is based around a female vicar, still something of a rarity. She arrives in a small village much to the shock of the residents there. She finds that the people there are old fashioned about most things and she wants to bring a touch of the modern world to the village, which she does with varying amounts of success. You can't really get more 'in touch' than this character. She personifies everything people expect a modern vicar to be. Also, at the end of each program there is a joke told by the vicar, usually rude. This may come as a surprise to some people to see a vicar telling rude, religious jokes. I think that all in all most television show don't portray religious people as out of touch with the modern world and most of those that do usually do it for comic value alone. Sam Holloway Religion and the Media Coursework p.1 ...read more.

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