A Christian DVD series modeled after “outrageous reality shows” like Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of Orange County” will be released this month. The show helps "women juxtapose real-life issues with Christian teaching." Is this something you would watch?

Do you have enough tolerance for one more reality show involving housewives?


According to CNN, “The Real Housewives of the Bible,” produced by Ty Adams, a Web-based evangelist and author, will be available on DVD in late July. 


The show is focused on six women dealing with the trials of marriage while striving to be good wives.


According to the CNN article, Adams says she was inspired to create a wholesome version of a reality show for women after seeing “outrageous reality shows” like Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of Orange County.”


“I was frustrated with what I was seeing,” Adams told CNN. “They have ruined and tainted our ability to secure good relationships and make women into good wives.”


Adams is a Christian relationship and sex expert who founded Heaven Enterprises and GirlsGoneGod.com. She is the author of “Single, Saved and Having Sex,” and she contributes to a Web-based column called Ask Dr. Ty.


According to CNN, “Adams says the goal of her ‘Real Housewives’ DVD … is helping women juxtapose real-life issues with Christian teaching. She says that teaching includes women’s obligation to attempt to sustain relationships that have endured extra-marital affairs and other hardships.”


Bible-related issues are addressed in the show, such as infertility, which biblical Sarah struggled with until old age, and seduction, which Delilah from the Book of Judges relied on to deceive Samson. Characters on the show are based on characters from the Bible, and their issues and struggles are retold via a 21st century storyline.


“Because we live in a media-driven society, telling these age-old stories of adultery, loneliness and longing through entertainment helps women relate,” Adams told CNN.


Week in Religion


- July 19, 1825, the American Unitarian Association was founded by members of the liberal wing of the Congregational churches in New England.


- July 20, 1877, birth of Jesse Overholtzer, who in 1937 incorporated Child Evangelism Fellowship in Chicago. Today, the CEF mission agency works in more than 60 countries worldwide.


- July 21, 1886, the cardinal's hat was conferred upon Elzear Alexandre Taschereau, 66, archbishop of Quebec. He was the first Canadian to be made a cardinal in the Catholic Church.


-- William D. Blake, Almanac of the Christian Church


Survey Says


Globally, evangelical leaders are strongly inclined to participate in politics; 84 percent say religious leaders should express their views on political matters, and 56 percent say that to be a good evangelical, it is essential to take a public stand on social and political issues when they conflict with moral and biblical principles.


-- Pew Center on Religion and Public Life


Good Book?


“Inside Scientology: The Story of America’s Most Secretive Religion” by Janet Reitman


Scientology, created in 1954 by a prolific sci-fi writer named L. Ron Hubbard, claims to be the world’s fastest growing religion, with millions of members around the world and huge financial holdings. Based on five years of research, unprecedented access to Church officials, confidential documents and extensive interviews, Janet Reitman offers the full journalistic history of the Church of Scientology in an evenhanded account that establishes the truth about the controversial religion. She traces Scientology’s development from the birth of Dianetics to today, following its metamorphosis from a pseudoscientific self-help group to a worldwide spiritual corporation with profound control over its followers and even ex-followers. 


-- Houghton Mifflin Harcourt


Quote of the week


“What the devil loves is that vague cloud of unspecified guilt or unspecified virtue, by which he lures us into despair or presumption.” -- C.S. Lewis


The Word


Palm Sunday: The sixth Sunday in Lent and the beginning of the Christian Holy Week before Easter. Palm Sunday marks Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem. The day gets its name from the biblical reference to crowds throwing palm fronds before Jesus as he entered the city. Also known as Passion Sunday.


-- religionstylebook.com


Religion Around the World


Religious makeup of Gibralter (2001 census)


Roman Catholic: 78.1 percent


Church of England: 7 percent


Other Christian: 3.2 percent


Muslim: 4 percent


Jewish: 2.1 percent


Hindu: 1.8 percent


Other or unspecified: 0.9 percent


None: 2.9 percent


- CIA Factbook


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