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Postmodern Realities Episode 179 Rick and Morty: Scientism, Self-Centeredness, and the Search for Meaning

Postmodern Realities Episode 179 Rick and Morty: Scientism, Self-Centeredness, and the Search for Meaning

Update: 2020-05-14
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In America, nothing seems to validate pop culture success and permeation more than a Super Bowl commercial. When the animated television program Rick and Morty accomplished this feat in February 2020 in a commercial for Pringles chips, it reached more than 100 million viewers. Currently, in its fourth season, Rick and Morty first aired on the Cartoon Network in 2013, and in 2019 it was renewed for 70 more episodes guaranteeing it will be on TV for years to come. It’s a fast-paced series that packs a lot of content into an average air time of 22 minutes. Although animation is often pigeonholed as entertainment for kids, Rick and Morty is decidedly adult-oriented with its R rated language and many profane bits sprinkled throughout the show. Featured on Cartoon Network’s [Adult Swim] programming block, Rick and Morty garners its most viewers in the 18-34-year-old range. Given its popularity and its nihilistic world view, Christian apologists need to understand the show, its appeal, and how to reach Millennials who are its devoted fans.


This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with Journal author Robert Velarde about his online-exclusive article, “Rick and Morty: Scientism, Self-Centeredness, and the Search for Meaning

https://www.equip.org/article/rick-and-morty-scientism-self-centeredness-and-the-search-for-meaning/

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Postmodern Realities Episode 179 Rick and Morty: Scientism, Self-Centeredness, and the Search for Meaning

Postmodern Realities Episode 179 Rick and Morty: Scientism, Self-Centeredness, and the Search for Meaning

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