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R.E. Coursework Religion & The Media A. In the beginning of TV Sunday was occupied by religious programs. At first these programs were all Christian programs, as more people come to Britain from other religious backgrounds the programs gradually faded away from Christian programs on a Sunday. Now they are targeted at the vaguely religious & also other religions such as Judaism & Islam. There are some specially religious programs but they occur at religious events such as Jewish New Year, Advent, Diwali & Ramadan. BBC religion exists to ask the big question that underlie all human life & explore the different ways in which people try to answer them, whether through worship, prayer or simply giving food for thought. There are 3 types of religious programmes: worship, magazine & documentary. The most well-known worship programme is Songs Of Praise, magazine is The Heaven & Earth Show. The Everyman Show is on on Sundays but isn't always shown, this is on at 11pm on a Sunday. ...read more.


Maybe God does it to bring out the best in people, but Is it worth other people suffering just to get people to be good & help others. Moral questions raised could be what you could do to help. Maybe you are the only person with somewhere safe to hide, do you let everyone in & risk running out of food & air (in extreme cases) or do you save people you know & leave the rest to fend for themselves? Those dilemmas are obviously for stronger natural disasters such as hurricane Katrina in Florida 2005. This kind of disaster can cause people to either stick together & help each other sharing resources etc... or it could have a negative effect & bring out the worst in people, becoming selfish in an attempt to save themselves. In the Bible it says love thy neighbour which suggests you have to save others but the whole phrase is love thy neighbour as you would yourself suggesting you should save yourself before you save others. ...read more.


Also in the Simpsons is Marge, a Christian housewife. She seems to be normal & in a strong faith with God. She does all normal things that a woman her age would do. Mainly looking after kids & cleaning the house, being a general wife. She is in touch with the modern world & goes to church, she has faith in the lord & in some episodes asks for help from God, something a non religious character wouldn't do. I think that television sometimes represents religious people, as out of touch with the modern world however, this is not the case all the time. I think 9 times out of 10 they are comedy characters who are trying to be out of touch to make their character funnier. They are usually made to be over the top, out of touch, such as Dougle in father Ted who acts as if he is 10. Or Alice from the vicar or Dibley who is dumbed down to the extent of being funny. I say only sometimes because there are also characters that are in touch with the modern world & religious such as Marge Simpson. ...read more.

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