1. This is very light on spoilers for the episode Dexter 601. I suppose the only things I give away are the names of several characters who are still alive; the name of the main guest star who is immediately introduced as a villain; and some elements of the plot of this episode. After I mark out "SPOILERS" I go into more detail about the episode itself, but the first part is relatively spoiler-light and talks only about the religious themes in the episode. That said, it at least reveals something from season three/four about Dexter's family situation.
2. I'm an atheist. Or rather, I'm an agnostic, who leans pretty heavily toward atheism. This does not mean I have no respect for religion. I do. I don't believe that there's a God, but I do believe that religion can enhance people's lives, and I see no reason to doubt the truthfulness of other people's faith. But that other people have faith does not sufficiently move me to have faith. I do think that religion can sometimes be destructive, but this is true of everything. In case it is not obvious, the following are all my thoughts and reactions and mine alone; they represent some reactions I had while watching, and some thoughts I had about the portrayals of atheists in television (and film).
3. Be respectful if you comment!
( Atheism, religion. Light spoilers for Dexter 601, as described above. Discussion also touches on Joss Whedon shows, House, and Glee, with light spoilers for each. )
Now, on the episode itself (SPOILERS get more explicit here).
( Episode review/discussion for Dexter 601. Spoilers abound. )