The first stirrings of awards season make themselves felt this week with a star-studded biopic, and this one is right up Seeing & Believing‘s alley! The Eyes of Tammy Faye stars Jessica Chastain in the title role of Tammy Faye Bakker and follows her steps from obscure itinerant minister to the figurehead of one of the biggest televangelism programs ever to exist. Costarring Andrew Garfield as Jim Bakker, Michael Showalter’s retelling of the Bakker saga digs into the lives and scandals of the most recognizable televangelist duo in America, exploring the hazy line that divides ministry from business and heartfelt spirituality from insincere posturing. Wade and Kevin take a look at how well the film captures a peculiarly American form of Christianity, warts and all. Plus, they make a big announcement about the future of the podcast!
To read Martyn Wendell Jones’s reporting on the Bakkers and their scandals, click here.
To read S.D. Kelly’s take on the Bakkers for Christ and Pop Culture, click here.