Television always presents religious people as out of touch with the modern world

In television, some characters are portrayed as out of touch with the modern world, however, some characters, though they are religious; do acknowledge the use of modern items and technology to a certain extent.In the Vicar of Dibley, the new vicar is female. This can be seen as relatively modern as this role in society has usually been seen as a man’s job. She also makes fun of herself and the fact that she is a female vicar which shows that she is not ashamed of what she does. She has a very strange but modern sense of humour which people these days could associate with. On the other hand, she dresses in a rather old fashioned way; wearing thick knitted jumpers which you would rarely see in today’s society, and she is very well spoken which could portray her as out of touch; as the use of slang is increasingly dominant.Dot Branning from Eastenders is a classic religious character. She is very true to her beliefs and tries to influence Christianity on others; quoting from the bible and praying in times of need. She acts and dresses how someone on Dot’s age would be expected to and prefers a traditional way of life. She tends not to watch too much TV, if any and only tried to learn to drive in her later years; which she still is rather reluctant to make use of. Although Dot can be seen as in touch as she does accept some parts of the modern world such as smoking. She smokes just as much as other smokers would these days which suggests that she recognizes this certain aspect of the modern world.Ned Flanders from the Simpsons is quite a strong religious character. He dresses in an acceptable manor and is a helpful member of the community. He is extremely loyal to God; he goes to church every Sunday and is very traditional. Yet, he owns up to date, modern items and acknowledges their existence, but does not take them for granted. For example; he buys the latest trainers, has a wine cellar, a game room and Sky TV (which has however blocked any channels that could be indecent). This shows that Ned is aware of the new and modern things in the world, uses them to the extent that others today would, while keeping with his religion.Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, also from the Simpsons, is religious character of a Hindu background. He is a portrayal of a modern Indian stereotype. He is devoted to his religion as he has statues of Hindu God’s in his convenience store. He is also a strict vegan and tries to influence others by selling vegan foods in his store. Apu also has an arranged marriage which is widely and almost fully expected in India and many other countries. This all shows Apu’s classic and traditional views on religion. However, he can be seen as slightly in touch with the modern world as he does work in a convenience store, and tried to dodge his arranged marriage.Overall, I think that there are a wide range of religious characters on TV. Some characters can be seen as somewhat out of touch with the modern world, but however religious they are, I think they possess some modern world qualities. In each example, the characters have embraced current technology and/or ways of life. I don’t believe that religion is as prominent on television as other subjects. I think it should be conveyed in a more positive way; so that it can be linked with contemporary lifestyles and not be mocked (or made a humorous topic).

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