I recall some years ago that someone wrote into the newspaper with the amazing discovery that the lyrics of “Amazing Grace” could be sung to the melody of “Gilligan’s Island.” Try it! It really works. And then a few others wrote in with other similar amazing discoveries. Then a killjoy organist wrote in to point out that there’s no great mystery or wonder to this – it’s called hymn meter. That’s why you can interchange “Amazing Grace” with “Joy to the World” or “Lord, Who Throughout These Forty Days.” The back pages of your hymnal probably have a “metrical index” – and now I’ve given you something to do during the sermon.
But this is a great mystery and wonder: Did you know that the characters in Gilligan’s Island represent the Seven Deadly Sins? The show’s creator. Sherwood Schwartz, reveals this in his book about the series.
Here’s the grand allegory, decoded:
The Professor – Pride
Thurston Howell III – Greed
Ginger – Lust
Mary Ann – Envy (of Ginger’s looks)
Mrs. Lovey Howell – Gluttony
The Skipper – Anger or wrath
Gilligan – Sloth
Another source decodes it differently – say what, Gilligan is Satan??
Anyway, I had no idea I was being formed in the Seven Deadly Sins as a youngster. Which character do you identify with?