Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Biblical Blasphemy Good For Laughs

NEW YORK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Poking fun at the Bible is the best way to get people interested in religion.

According to comedy expert and Jewish rabbi Simcha Weinstein, author of Shtick Shift: Jewish Humor In The 21st Century (Barricade Books), making blasphemous jokes at the Bible’s expense make religious studies more fun to learn.

Weinstein says movies like Year One, which follows two caveman as they meet biblical figures, plus the major influence Jews have in comedy gets people talking about the Good Book again and may renew interest in their faith.

He explains, “If Sunday school was as entertaining as Year One, attendance would exponentially grow. Biblical blasphemy has never been this much fun before. It’s nice to see a bunch of funny Jewish guys making these movies and embracing their religious heritage.”

Though he doesn’t think Year One should be taught in Sunday school, he does think religious teachers can use comedy as a “vehicle for education.”

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