Tuesday, February 22, 2005

The Simpsons and the Sacraments

Granted, the place of religion within the Simpsons' world is not easy to pin down, but I noticed a couple of interesting things tonight:
  • The Flanderses, although stereotypically Evangelical, are paedobaptists. In one episode, they attempt to baptize the Simpson children, including Maggie.

  • It appears that the denominationally-vague First Church of Springfield believes in the Real Presence, to some extent. After numerous alcohol-steeped binges, Marge and Homer develop a reputation for being Springfield's ultimate party couple. During Communion one Sunday, Marge drinks a little too deeply from the Cup, causing Otto to exclaim "Don't bogart my Lord!"
Gotta love the blender approach to portraying religion!

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