PRAY? NOT IN TV'S THE BOOK OF DANIEL

DON'T RELIGIOUSLY MINDED PEOPLE PRAY? The ones I know sure do. But apparently not in this Hollywood drama about a dad (who is also a Father) and his wildly diverse family. "Father" is Reverend Daniel Webster. But get ready for a new view of a preacher and his kids. An Episcopal priest (played intelligently by the fine actor Aidan Quinn), Father Webster and his family confront more moral/sociological/spiritual/psychological/sexual issues on any given day than a group therapy session at a rehab center.

Which is fine. It's life in the 21st century, right? Well, maybe. But what the writers propose as contemporary normal behavior in upper-middle-income suburbia plays more like . . . well, a TV show. I'm not saying that every family doesn't deal with all kinds of challenges, which might include one or two or three of this family's litany of concerns: alcoholism, prescription pill addiction, homosexuality, teenage drug dealing, marital infidelity, racism, Alzheimer's disease, teenage sex, Mafia pressure, strained relationships between generations, a deceased child, professional compromises, stress about career advancement, and . . . let's see, am I leaving anything out? Oh yes—and personal appearances by Jesus (seen by only one character). This Jesus wears Biblical-era garb, long hair, has a decidedly Aryan profile, and provides companionable support in modern language. But little in the way of insight.

NEXT IN THIS ISSUE
SENTINEL WATCH
GETTING THE WORK DONE
February 6, 2006
Contents

We'd love to hear from you!

Easily submit your testimonies, articles, and poems online.

Submit