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December 2010
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Mama Deb [userpic]
Last Night's Supernatural



I am...confused.

Supernatural, like most dark fantasy/horror media, inhabits a basically Christian universe - very Catholic, from what I can see. I don't think other types of Christianity use holy water. That's why crosses and holy water and Christian exorcism words work on the demons.

Dean uses these things all the time. Dean knew that the water Bobby threw on him was holy water. He *knows* holy water is effective on demons. He knows this empirically.

How can he know that holy water exists and not believe in holiness itself? How can he know that there is darkness and not believe there is light - where does he think the tools to fight it come from? How does he think holy water happens? (How DOES holy water happen, btw? Is it just tap water blessed by a priest or are there rules about it?)

If there are demons, there must be angels - especially since Christian mythos has it that demons *were* angels who rebelled. Okay, Dean isn't a supergenius, but he's not stupid and he does employ logic on occasion. If there wasn't a heaven, his arsenal wouldn't work.

Comments

Technically, in an emergency, anyone of faith can bless water to make it holy water, just as in an emergency, anyone can baptize. Now, the question of whether John qualifies as being "of faith" is a whoooole other can of worms.

Or whether John passed that on as other than theory if he was; Dean seems to fall closer himself to a belief in a universe of multiple higher and lower powers, not necessarily a monotheistic one. Actually, Dean (to me) falls closer to the BtVS school of thought on evil and good and everything between.

The Buffy universe has always looked fairly Christian to me, too.