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‘Aristotle’s Virtues and Homer’s Doughnut’

The Vatican official newspaper L’Osservatore Romano on Tuesday congratulated The Simpsons on their 20th anniversary. It said that from the soporific sermons of the Rev. Lovejoy to Homer’s face-to-face talks with God, religion appears so often on the show that it one might devise a “Simpsonian theology.”

The article specifically mentioned several religion-themed episodes (without reviewing the entire list documented by Wikipedia), including the one in which Homer calls for divine intervention by crying: “I’m not normally a religious man, but if you’re up there, save me, Superman!”

Homer’s religious confusion is “a mirror of the indifference and the need that modern man feels toward faith,” and the piece also says:

Homer finds in God his last refuge, even though he sometimes gets His name sensationally wrong.

As well as the parentage of the Son of God:

Never mind the 1998 New York Times interview with “The Simpsons” creator Matt Groening. He was asked about his views of God and responded:

I was very disturbed when Jesus found a demon in a guy and He put the demon into a herd of pigs, then sent them off a cliff. What did the pigs do? I could never figure that out. It just seemed very un-Christian. Technically, I’m an agnostic, but I definitely believe in hell — especially after watching the fall TV schedule.

Regarding Groening’s view of hell: Amen.

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December 24, 2009 - Posted by | Cultural | ,

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