The parables of Dr. Seuss

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Like many of you, I grew up reading Dr. Seuss books. Was this the root of my priestly vocation? Or was it just the root of my eccentric sense of humor and love of word play? The author of the Parables of Dr. Seuss seems to think there’s doctrine lurking at every corner. From today’s USA Today:

No one has ever doubted the layers of meaning in the stories of Dr. Seuss. The Lorax has obvious lessons about the environment. The Butter Battle Book took direct aim at the Cold War arms race. Marvin K. Mooney, Will You Please Go Now! was one way to demand the resignation of President Nixon.

So when Horton’s world of Who-ville was “saved by the Smallest of All,” Robert Short saw the savior of the Whos as a symbol for the Savior of all people. From Green Eggs and Ham to How the Grinch Stole Christmas , Short has reinterpreted many of Theodor Seuss Geisel’s stories as subtle messages of Christian doctrine in the new book, The Parables of Dr. Seuss.

I’m not buying it, but maybe I’ll read the book and be convinced. In the meantime, it does make me think that some Sunday I’ll quote Lorax alongside St. Augustine or something.

Thanks, t19, for this.

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