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Fall 2014


University of Toronto Press

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Journal of Religion and Popular Culture

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DOI: 10.3138/jrpc.26.3.338


The popular television show Modern Family follows sitcom conventions and attempts to send a moral message about how relatives can live well together. An examination of the specific content of this message shows that it prioritizes self-giving love for the sake of forgiveness and reconciliation. This creates a recognizable parallel with the Christian conception of agape, and a discussion of this notion in the work of Karl Rahner in conjunction with his idea of the “anonymous Christian” allows for the identification of Modern Family’s moral vision as an anonymous theology of family ripe with theological significance and pedagogical potential.


Accepted version. Journal of Religion and Popular Culture, Vol. 26, No. 3 (Fall 2014): 338-352. DOI. © 2014 University of Toronto Press. Used with permission.

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