AVClub: “Evidence Of Things Not Seen” put me in the oddly enjoyable position of wondering how many beats in this episode were secretly deep cuts into Hebrews 11.
On the surface, this is a thematic umbrella: A religious passage that’s essentially a piece of propaganda about the supernatural power of faith, with enough snappy prose to be personal. Turns out there’s a lot of that going around this episode! There’s even a case that examines the ways that propaganda fails or succeeds, and comes to the conclusion that direct propaganda is less effective than a well-worded letter when it comes to changing the world. But the opening of the quote that makes the title of this episode (written by frequent contributor Jason Tracey) is: “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for.” And wouldn’t you know it, everybody in this episode is hard-pressed for it.