Faithful and funny? No, we’re not back to talking about the Cardinal and Colbert event again — TJP’s own Jake Martin has a new book out from Loyola Press, What’s So Funny About Faith?, recounting how he went from being a professional comedian to entering the Jesuits. Here’s an excerpt about Jake’s first meeting with the vocation director, which includes a conversation about exorcism — and if you need any more convincing, here’s Fr. James Martin’s (no relation, except as a Jesuit) recommendation for it as well.
- While we’re talking faith and humor, take a few minutes to listen to God Talk : John Shea and Adam DeLeon’s tribute to Click and Clack, the Tappett Brothers of NPR’s Car Talk
- It might not be as catchy as Gangnam Style, but Perry Petrich reviews Mumford and Sons’ new album, explaining why “spiritual not religious” works a lot like socks and chocolate
- What’s pain for, and what fruit does it bear? Sometimes, says Joe Simmons, we need it to stretch us
- Brian Konzman – in his TJP debut – wonders if DARPA is building the Matrix — and what it means about our humanity
- And with another TJP debut, Quentin Dupont followed the presidential debate with a conversation about unemployment (we’ve needed to have this one)
- Two kinds of goodbyes:
- The regular end-of-week You Can’t Take It With You, this week bidding goodbye, among others, to the founder of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps
- Vinny Marchionni greets the beginning of the final season of Jersey Shore with “Requiem for a Fist Pump”
Whether it’s the latest most-authentic music, politics, or even reality TV, we’ll be paying attention to it on TJP, and see you here, next Week in Review.