Tony Soprano and God

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R.I.P James Gandolfini. At my house, we recently rewatched “The Sopranos” from start to finish. What a brilliant series. What a brilliant actor. Gandolfini’s nuanced, often comical portrayal of Tony Soprano, the brutal mobster next door, offered us a compelling depiction of evil in the modern age. God and church were certainly woven into the narrative. Was Tony beyond redemption? In this clip, Tony aims to help his son snap out of an existential funk:


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My friends,

We are all equal in the eyes of God, therefore, no one's death is more significant in his eyes. When a person dies, all family members and friends are equally saddened. Yes, we do hear of certain deaths before others, but that doesn't mean those deaths are more "important". It simply means the editor put the others on the obituary page. I simply pray that the families of the men mentioned aren't burdened in anyway by their loss.

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John D. Andrews
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John D. Andrews

I got HBO because of the Sopranos. I enjoyed the show. I like how it showed Tony as a real human being. He wasn't a one dimensional character, but a flawed human who was both good and bad, like the rest of us. It was entertainment, but there were lessons to be learned from it. I find it shameful to minimize the death of Gandolfini by comparing his death with the deaths of others. Is he not loved by the same God who loves us?

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Ann Fontaine
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Ann Fontaine

It is always a loss when someone dies. I feel sadness for those who loved him. However for me most stories seem to be more about grieving for a character than the man who played the role. Here are my thoughts:. Personally I am more struck by the death of the 33 year old journalist, Michael Hastings.

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Jim Naughton
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Jim Naughton

Expect no apologies from the Cafe for giving a man who created an iconic role on one of the most significant and morally complex programs in television history his due.

And while I am at it: Church folks, if you feel the need to deliver instruction to the broader population on how its most innocent pleasure reveal how far it has fallen below the high standards that you uphold, take a breath. No one is going to attend a church whose leaders make a specialty of telling people that the things they care about are not actually important and that they should hold their immediate reactions in check until they are validated by their moral superiors.

David Chase and James Gandolfini explored the nature of evil and complicity at a depth not reached by any preacher I've ever heard. They didn't undermine my faith, they deepened it.

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Eric Funston
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I don't know much about Mr. Soprano. But I'm thinking we pay too much attention to celebrities.

http://thefunstons.com/?p=5494

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