A vicar is planning a series of evening classes to spread the Christian messages in cult cartoon The Simpsons.
The Rev Robin Spittle, 46, of All Saints Church, Kesgrave, Suffolk, is holding four classes, each one focusing on one of the four main characters – Homer, Marge, Bart and Lisa.
Mr Spittle said that despite appearances, each episode had Christian themes running though it.
“They have a clever way of covering a lot of ground in a short space of time. Each 20-minute show gets a whole message across,” he said.
“They are a church-going family and they make moral decisions, some of which I agree with, some of which I don’t, but either way they are a great way to open up a discussion.”
He said one of the recurring storylines was Marge and Homer being tempted to have affairs.
“Both Marge and Homer have found themselves being offered the opportunity to play away from home and they both turn them down. Temptation, choices and doing what’s right – you can’t get much more of a Christian message than that.”
Mr Spittle added that he liked the way Lisa stood up for her principles, Marge’s commitment to her family, Bart’s spirt and “the simplicity of Homer’s lifestyle”.
Mr Spittle, whose unconventional style of preaching has seen him hold services in the local pub, is also taking classes at Kesgrave High School on the meaning of Easter within the blockbuster films Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter.
He said: “The themes of sacrifice, loyalty and temptation within the films are useful illustrations of the Easter message. I also find for comedy Only Fools and Horses is useful in church.”
Apr. 5, 2004