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And angels, and the nature of man, and the Prophets, and other celestial beings... Hell, even The Bible is interpreted in a decidedly un-Catholic way. (Specifically, no, indulgences do not work the way the movie says they do, but the Protestant interpretation of Matthew 6:19-21 explains how Dogma's indulgences work. This is lampshaded in the airport scene.)
Of Hell, instead of being a place of damnation for horrible people, it is for people with huge Heroic Self-Deprecation that God can never forgive them so they opted to take eternal suffering for their guilt
Anvilicious: Many of the ideas proposed in the film about organized religion and the nature of spirituality are worth serious consideration. They still come down very heavy-handed.
Awesome Music: "Still" by God Herself, played over the end credits.
Esoteric Happy Ending: For Loki and Bartleby. If you listen to the dialogue carefully, Loki and Bartleby are still alive, albeit in Hell, as their sins they committed where never expunged by passing through the Arch, which if they died whilst in Human form was where they would go. Still... least its better than Wisconsin.
Not necessarily. I always took Bartleby's tearful "Thank you" just before he died as a sign that God had decided to forgive them after all. So Bartleby and Loki got what they wanted, but because God changed her mind voluntarily they avoided unmaking all of existence.
Nun: Let me get this straight: you don't believe in God because of "Alice in Wonderland"? Loki: No, "Through the Looking-Glass". That poem, "The Walrus and the Carpenter," that's an indictment of organized religion. The walrus, with his girth and his good nature, he obviously represents either Buddha, or, or with his tusks, the Hindu elephant god, Lord Ganesha. That takes care of your Eastern religions. Now the carpenter, which is an obvious reference to Jesus Christ, who was raised a carpenter's son, he represents the Western religions. Now in the poem, what do they do? What do they do? They, they dupe all these oysters into following them and then proceed to shuck and devour the helpless creatures en masse. I don't know what that says to you, but to me it says that following these faiths based on mythological figures ensures the destruction of one's inner being. Organized religion destroys who we are by inhibiting our actions, by inhibiting our decisions out of, out of fear of some, some intangible parent figure who, who shakes a finger at us from thousands of years ago and says, and says, "Do it... do it and I'll fuckin' spank you."
Moral Event Horizon: Bartleby orbits it for at least a third of the movie, but unequivocally crosses it when he taunts Bethany and sticks a shiv in Loki, not only killing his friend but doing the deed without Loki entering the church, knowingly condemning him to Hell.
Squick: The Golgothan, the demon made of... just watch the scene, but preferably not before or after eating. In fact, if you ever plan to eat again, just skip it.
He was the one most sympathetic to and fond of Humanity, a viewpoint he held from Biblical times up until that night on the Jersey-bound train.
Bartleby breaks down in tears when he sees God again for the first time in several millenia. That's when you realize that he is essentially a child who has been abandoned by his mother.
FEELS he was abandoned, when it was him who screwed up.
Well, let's think it over... under Biblical law, human beings go to Hell for a single unforgiven sin, no matter what the sin, and no matter how virtuous they are the rest of their lives. They also go to Hell for believing in the wrong God, a choice which is to be made without any actual evidence, but just on faith (unless the Metatron comes down and talks to you). So God should be the one to concede that, in Bartleby's case, Jerkass Has a Point.
He feels this way about Jesus, after he told him how his life would turn out: "He begged me to 'make it all not true'... If I had the power, I would have."