Moral Orel: God's Blunders
(S02E06) This episode dealt with the line between faith and reason, which may be why I wasn't as drawn to it as other episodes. I thought it was a good episode, but the way in which the citizens of Moralton use fractured reasoning to explain their religious beliefs has been a major component of the show since it began. This episode merely brought that idea to the forefront, and while it was still funny, there wasn't much to surprise a fan like myself. I laughed several times, but was ultimately left with a feeling of "oh yeah, I knew they were gonna say that." That being said, this wouldn't be a bad episode to introduce someone to the show, as I think it's a great overview of the show and what it's trying to say.
I suppose the idea of putting kids who read books other than the Bible and question the parts of religion that don't jive with scientific fact into a special class for the "religiously retarded" could be construed as a slam against Christianity, but while watching the episode I kept thinking that the point wasn't to prove that science is right and religion is wrong, but that the two can coexist if allowed. Reverend Putty teaching a science class and using chemicals to represent God is absurd, but it would be just as absurd for a science teacher to teach religion. It's easy to misunderstand a show like Moral Orel as slamming the idea of religion, but I've never felt that was the attitude driving the show. Rather, I think it shows how human beings will ignore anything that contradicts their worldview. When Orel asks how God could make mistakes if he's omnipotent, his father points to yet another lost commandment: "the Lord works in mysterious ways." The main point of the episode seemed to be that questioning things isn't the same as turning your back on your religion.