I’ve recently watched a few episodes of Good Omens on Amazon Prime, and I was amused that it briefly mentions Ussher’s chronology in episode 1. The show is based off a book by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, and is the story of an angel and demon who become friends despite being on “opposite sides,” (though hell looks like a goth concert and heaven is more like a bright empty hospital). It’s been interesting, but it will definitely not be everyone’s cup of tea, and some aspects still make me uncomfortable. Overall it seems to be trying to counter a strict dichotomy of good and evil (the scene before the worldwide flood where the demon says “this seems more like something my lot would do” made me think of some of our discussions here).
It’s made me think about satire of Christian beliefs I’ve encountered – a lot of it I’ve wanted nothing to do with (often depending on how mean-spirited it seemed to me), and I think making fun of Jesus is one place where I draw the line.
Other thoughts? Do you think satire of beliefs you hold dear can help you see things with new eyes, or do you see it as disrespectful/blasphemous (or both)? Does it make a difference if it’s coming from a Christian source (such as Babylon Bee or John Crist)?