Last nightâ€™s Glee was one of my all-time favorites.Â Not only were the songs (by The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, Barbra Streisand, REM, and Billy Joel among others) fantastic – so was the storyline.Â Last night the characters tackled spirituality and religion; and so by default many aspects of human psychology.
Specifically, the cast (led by Kurt Hummel) grappled with some of the most difficult and confusing questions in theology:
- Why does God let bad things happen?
- Since we canâ€™t prove the existence of God, how do we know he exists?
- How do you pray? What should you pray for?Â Who should you pray to?
- How do we have relationships with people who believe differently from us?
- If our prayers are answered, does that prove (or disprove) Godâ€™s existence?
Itâ€™s rare to see these topics discussed in pop culture in serious, thoughtful ways.Â And itâ€™s refreshing to see them discussed outside of politics, religious institutions, and talk shows.Â Seeing lifeâ€™s tough questions through the eyes of our favorite TV characters makes the questions more accessible to the rest of us.Â And invites us to actually participate in the discussion – rather than just take sides.