'Black Jesus': Beneath the Drugs and Profanity, Is There a Message of Theological Reflection?

August 9, 2014 2:06 PM

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'Black Jesus': Beneath the Drugs and Profanity, Is There a Message of Theological Reflection?

I was surprised to find that even before the airing of the premier of Aaron McGruder's new show Black Jesus on Adult Swim that some of my fellow black clergy members took to their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts to urge their followers to boycott the show. The more they called for boycotts, the more I became intrigued with the show's trailer.

I am fascinated by the study of rhetoric, i.e., the ways in which signs and symbols shape human thought and behavior. And entertainment is highly influential in reflecting and shaping how society thinks and behaves. As a Christian minister and black man, I equally interested in viewing McGruder's ar...

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