Oh, My Pop Culture Religion: Scrooge’s Real Sin

It’s December and that means it’s time to watch the endless parade of awesome Christmas specials. Of course, one of the first ones I turned to was The Muppet Christmas Carol. I apologize to all others who have English degrees, but I just can’t stand Charles Dickens. Not that he wasn’t brilliant—writing a ghost story to celebrate Christmas is awesome—but I just loathe his writing style. Thankfully, I don’t have to read his writing to enjoy The Muppet Christmas Carol. (And besides, everybody loves Muppets!)


While I was watching this amazing movie, I started thinking about Ebenezer Scrooge and how he was portrayed primarily as showing the deadly sin of greed. However, the more I thought about it, the more I started thinking that greed might not be his main problem.

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In Brightest Day: Ebenezer Scrooge

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is arguably the most important Christmas story out there, short of the actual story of Christ’s birth.

The story’s main character, Ebenezer Scrooge, is a complex character deserving of redemption. But why was Scrooge so angry and mean in the first place?

That answer can be found in Scrooge’s trip with the three ghosts, brought by the ghost of Jacob Marley in an attempt to save his old business partner’s soul.

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