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Saturday, December 19, 2009

In the Garden of Eden

'Went for Season's Pipings at Barker Road Methodist Church yesterday evening. At a number of instances, it got me thinking of The Simpsons episode, "Bart Sells His Soul," where he switches out the scores for Iron Butterfly's "In a Gadda Da Vida."



Blogger Grisabella said...

Was it really that bad? (the video made me laugh) I hope one of the instances was not when the pianist blacked out!

December 21, 2009 1:25 AM  
Blogger -ben said...

Hey you!

Oh, it was quite enjoyable, really. I was just surprised at how much they loved their church organ. At some point, I was mentally quipping, "I shall dub this, 'Church MIDI' or something."


December 21, 2009 1:17 PM  
Blogger Karen Howes said...

LOL, Ben, thanks!

I wouldn't be surprised to hear this at a novus ordo mass, only it wouldn't be a mistake...

December 24, 2009 6:37 AM  
Blogger Karen Howes said...

Oh, forgot to say Merry Christmas!

December 24, 2009 6:37 AM  
Blogger -ben said...

This is cute:

Vatican paper says, 'The Simpsons' are okely dokely

Associated Press
December 23, 2009

To put it as the devout Ned Flanders would, the Vatican's newspaper thinks "The Simpsons" are an okely dokely bunch.

L'Osservatore Romano on Tuesday congratulated the show on its 20th anniversary, praising its philosophical leanings as well as its stinging and often irreverent take on religion.

Without Homer Simpson and the other yellow-skinned characters "many today wouldn't know how to laugh," said the article titled "Aristotle's Virtues and Homer's Doughnut."

The paper credited "The Simpsons" — the longest-running American animated program — with opening up cartoons to an adult audience.

The Fox show is based on "realistic and intelligent writing," it said, though it added there was some reason to criticize its "excessively crude language, the violence of certain episodes or some extreme choices by the scriptwriters."

Religion, from the snore-evoking sermons of the Rev. Lovejoy to Homer's face-to-face talks with God, appears so frequently on the show that it could be possible to come up with a "Simpsonian theology," it said.

Homer's religious confusion and ignorance are "a mirror of the indifference and the need that modern man feels toward faith," the paper said.

It commented on several religion-themed episodes, including 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 finds in God his last refuge, even though he sometimes gets His name sensationally wrong," L'Osservatore said. "But these are just minor mistakes, after all, the two know each other well."


December 24, 2009 3:49 PM  

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