Posts Tagged ‘Colbert’

Colbert the evangelist?

Stephen Colbert, a practicing Catholic, makes a genuine Christmastime appeal to the goodness of God on his Comedy Central program.  Wish I could embed the video, but you’ll have to check it out here.


Also worth noting is this episode of Penn Gillette’s (of Penn & Teller fame) video blog about a special gift he received after a show one night. Penn, an avowed atheist, was clearly moved by an encounter with a Christian and has some interesting commentary on our willingness to speak of the hope within us. This might fall into the conversation we’ve had here relating to “gospel speech.” Perhaps a slightly different perspective, this time from an atheist. Enjoy.



N.T. Wright on Colbert?

N.T. WrightStephen ColbertWhile the Bible nerd in me loves the fact that one of the world’s premier scholars and authors (and my favorite, hands-down) was on the Colbert Report yesterday, the normal person in me isn’t sure it worked…

Perhaps Wright’s material is a bit too theologically heavy for Colbert Nation? Shoot, I can’t even get my head completely around the “life after life after death” stuff… Perhaps the Bishop is just a less-than-ideal ambassador for his own message on a young, hip show like Colbert’s. Either way, Wright wrote the book, so he gets to do the appearances.

I’d love to hear your your thoughts: link.

An aside: You’ve gotta hand it to Stephen Colbert: He’s a pretty deep guy who isn’t afraid to infuse his show with healthy doses of religious and spiritual talk. And his guest list reflects this as well: Anne Lamott, Jim Wallis, and now Wright. (and his chapter on Religion in his book, “I am America And So Can You,” is priceless…) I’m one who believes that Stephen Colbert is as good for starting meaningful conversations about faith and justice as he is for entertainment and satire.