Wednesday, June 20, 2007

‘The Simpsons’ Go Gospel

ORLANDO, Fla. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Fans of The Simpsons know Homer Simpson loves doughnuts and sweets, but they may not know about how holy his family really is.

That’s the written word from Mark Pinsky, author of The Gospel According to The Simpsons (Westminster John Knox Press), a book that examines religion in the dysfunctionally funny cartoon family.

Pinsky describes Homer as a neopagan with fear-based beliefs and says that the episode where Homer eats the cookies and milk he offers to God has been studied by theologians.

The author says Marge Simpson has always been the innocent true believer in angels and goodness, whereas Lisa Simpson is the liberal, skeptical Protestant, who after getting inspired by Richard Gere, converted to Buddhism.

Pinsky says although people believe Bart Simpson to be the little devil, when he gets in trouble he often prays and manages to receive divine intervention.

To get even more of the holy scoop, catch The Simpsons Movie in theaters July 27.

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