Mad Men’s unpardonable sin

Josh Larsen

Darlene Webster
June 24, 2013

Actually, the only unpardonable sin is to blasphemy the Holy Spirit. Does this man not know his bible?

Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven men. Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come (Matthew 12:31-32).

Assuredly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they may utter; but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is subject to eternal condemnation—because they said, “He has an unclean spirit” (Mark 3:28-30).

And anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but to him who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven (Luke 12:10).

Nuff' said. Amen!

June 24, 2013

Last night's episode was a great one to talk about--that quote from the visiting preacher almost knocked me out of my seat. It will be interesting to see what happens next season. I'm not sure I have as much hope as you do that this falling man will finally find redemption, but isn't it pretty to think so?

Josh Larsen
TC Staff
June 24, 2013

If I were writing Mad Men, I think I'd be inclined to let Don fall, and sprinkle redemption among the supporting characters (yes, even Pete). Don has become such a culturally beloved character, partly because of his bad behavior, that I confess I don't have much sympathy left for him. I also think it might be an equally true, if much harsher, reflection of real life: that sometimes people this lost aren't ever found. All in all, though, this episode showed me that if Mad Men is intent on redeeming Don, it will do so in an artful way.

June 25, 2013

I was surprised to see what seems like a distinctly christian hope in this episode of Mad Men, which is not a show I guessed would provide such a thing. There was a lot of hope for renewal and forgiveness in this episode, even though it was always tinged by sins of the past (I'm thinking of Ted's choice to honor his marriage, Pete and Trudy's peaceful interaction, Roger, Joan and Bob sharing a meal with baby Kevin, and of course Don's truthfulness about his childhood with everyone, but especially his own children). It will be interesting to see if this tone continues into the final season.

Elijah Davidson
April 10, 2014

My prediction for how Mad Men will end - Early in season 6, we learn of Don's secret talent for playing the guitar. By the end of the season, Don reinvents himself yet again and becomes... wait for it... Larry Norman!

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