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Wednesday, October 29, 2003
It's the Fallacy of Organized Religion, Charlie Brown!
Blog was going to write an essay about the religious parables hidden in a certain Halloween classic, but a video store clerk in San Antonio has already done it. In a nifty little analysis, "Reverend Steve" relates Charlie Brown to Judas and Lucy to Mary Magdalene. Here's a snippet:
A) THE GREAT PUMPKIN AS GOD
What is the Great Pumpkin? Well, Linus says "The Great Pumpkin knows which kids have been good and which kids have been bad ... you'll be sorry!" There's a duality in this statement. First, it shows us that the Great Pumpkin has powers that could be attributed to omnipotence or omnipresence. He knows who is good and bad and therefore it can be concluded that he knows ALL in order to know who is good and bad. The second message this quote tells us is that the Pumkin is vengefull like God. Linus preaching "You'll be sorry" suggests that the Pumpkin should be feared. Also, does the pumpkin exist? No one knows, but those who believe he exists display blind faith, just like God and his followers.
Should you read the whole thing? Of course! It'll get you in the holiday spirit...or something. Just follow this link.
What are the moral lessons to be learned here? Blind faith is for the foolhardy, candy-lust is a sin of the flesh and the internet really does make life easier.
To learn more about the Great Pumpkin, click here or visit your local library, biznatch!