Living Biblically is scripted show based on idea of man living live according to Biblicaly standards

CBS’ new television series Living Biblically is an adaptation of the A.J Jacobs book The Year of Living Biblically in which a man tries his best to live a modern 21st-century life as per Biblical teachings. Jay R. Ferguson plays the central character, with Lindsey Kraft playing the role of his wife. Other important roles are played by David Krumholtz (playing Rabbi Gil) and Ian Gomez (playing Father Gene). Patrick Walsh is the show’s executive producer.

The audience is introduced to Chip Curry, a man who had taken the seemingly life-changing decision to live out his life adhering to the literal text of the Bible. He visits his church confessional, where he explains to the priest his precarious situation, and thus to his audience. The viewer quickly figures out that Chip is a regular guy and could never be described as a saint by any circumstance.

The book was written based on the experiences which the author had while interacting with a number of religious communities. Jacobs had tried to follow the scriptures in modern life. The book was a bestseller when it was released in 2007. The author in his interviews explained to the media how the experimental experience (which the author described as “an ethical makeover”) taught him something about faith. It was also a window to the evangelical world.

The author’s endeavor had something for everyone. A few Christians praised him for comprehending and then obeying the Bible. Others applauded him for the recognition that legalism could fail on matters of faith. Non-believers liked him for pointing out the many ridiculous aspects of the rules laid out by the Old Testament.

Walsh, the show producer, is a seasoned hand at this trade. His show credits include highly successful ones like 2 Broke Girls (produced by CBS) and Crashing (produced by HBO). For Living Biblically he has brought together a number of faith-based writers and people with no faith as well. Each script was vetted by a Jesuit priest and a rabbi. The two were hired as consultants to the show. The creative team all through the production carefully balanced their religious approach, Christian viewers were always kept in the back of the minds. This can be important as the plot could be a little confusing for some. This is why the pilot episode starts with a little explanation.

The comedy series, to its credit, never attacks any faith.

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