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March 03, 2006

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Anthony

Is parody even possible anymore? Like academe, parodying the excesses of religion flounder on the shores its own built-in unconscious hyperbole.
Oh well, back to teaching Mr. Whiskers about the Beast With Seven Heads and The Whore of Babylon!!

e

ah, i was going to point out that this is not actually blasphemy, it's heresy. but that was before i clicked and saw it was a parody. whew.

Anthony

Actually (Also Sprach Dramaturgathustra) these do qualify as blasphemy since, as offense to the sacred and clearly (or likely) coming from WITHOUT the Christian community they can't be heresy, which is exoteric (dissent from within)in nature rather than esoteric (dissent from without).
Sorry for the pedantry, but it's in the blood!

Anthony

Oops, totally screwed that one up!
Heresy is esoteric (from within); blasphemy is exoteric (from without).
The BBC would like to apologize...

e

the belief that animals have souls is a particular named heresy, though, the name of which i, mercifully, have forgot.

Anthony

As I recall, it's called metempsychosis and it's what Faustus yearns for at the end of Marlowe's "Dr. Faustus" (he wants to be reborn as a lower being/animal to escape the pact he made with Mephistopheles at the play's beginning)!
Needless to say, he doesn't get his wish...

Anyone read The Onion? Yeah...

pam

People of Scarborough, Ontario, beware: someone in your area is drinking and blogging ...

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