What religion are the Simpsons?

Obviously there is probably no one right answer, but which denomination most closely corresponds to the First Church of Springfield? Reverend Lovejoy wears a collar, is married, and is called Reverend. Yet the baptism ceremony (as performed by Ned Flanders) seems rather Catholic. Episcopalian? Presbyterian?

It’s the Church of Whatever Gets a Laugh.

I would say they are probably stock Christian. Lisa is now Buddist.

They’re some undetermined protestant denomination.

BTW, this thread is probably better placed in Cafe Society, as it concerns a TV show (and also asks a question which does not have a definitive answer).


That’s cool. I didn’t know about that board. Mods, please move thread if you think it’s appropriate.

In Homer’s own words, the Simpsons’ religion is “you know, the one with all the well-meaning rules that don’t work in real life. Uh, Christianity”.

All I know is Jeebus is involved somehow.

Ned Flanders goes to the same church, which confuses the issue. Because you know, Ned acts more like a Baptist.

Homer: “Could Jesus microwave a burrito so hot that he himself could not eat it?”

They are not Catholic, that’s for sure-

After Marge asks about last rights, Rev. Lovejoy says “…that’s Catholic Marge. You might as well ask me to do a voodoo dance.”

Then there’s-

Rev. Lovejoy (to Catholic priest): Nice Dress
Priest: Oh go home and have sex with your wife!
Rev. Lovejoy: Oh that’s it, bring it on!

ISTR that in one episode the family became Movementarians.

Off to Cafe Society.

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I would recommend reading The Gospel According to the Simpsons.

Reverend Loverjoy being married is the biggest hint they aren’t catholic!

There’s another episode where Bart complains, “Mom, I’m starving. Can we go Catholic so we can get crackers and booze?” And Marge replies, “No one is going Catholic. 3 children is enough, thank you.”

True, but aren’t there a handful of married priests that converted from other religions?

Didn’t one episode have Marge being comforted by a priest:

Marge: Sorry, but we’re not Catholic.
Priest: Then enjoy your stay in hell!

I might have imagined that one…

I think they’re Presboluthertists. Either that or Epyscobatheran.

No, Lisa’s religion is whatever is “cutting edge”. She’ll probably go Scientologist one of these days.

Well, you are right about saying she is “cutting edge”, but wrong in saying, “No.” She did convert to Buddhism in the Richard Gere episode.

After walking past a few churches such as “Bed, Bath and Ba’Hai,” “Whiskey a God God,” and “Amish,” which was the best since it was all in lights.

Did she stay Buddhist? I remember the episode ending with Gere saying they respected other religions, so she went home to celebrate Xmas. I figured she was slowly easing back to Christianity.