Genis Carreras renders various philosophical views down to pastels in predominantly geometric shapes.  I’m not sure if his representation of atheism is supposed to be an upside down cross or a middle finger (or if atheism should really be represented primarily by its opposition to Christianity or to the symbolic connotations of the cross, and not as a rejection of gods more generally):


But I love this contrast:


















There are many more worth perusing. Some I find misleading, some I find thought provoking. Most serve less as illustrations of philosophical positions than interpretations of them. That’s mostly a good thing.

H/T: Maria Popova, who provides larger versions of some of the posters which allow for reading the short descriptive texts given for each philosophy.

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  • Nentuaby

    Um, wow? The inverted cross is fixed in the public consciousness a symbol of Satanism (and I don’t mean LaVey’s amorphous mystical bullcrap either). That is what we would call a “pre-existing negative connotation.”

    Anyway, I *am* sure atheism should *not* be represented as a direct inverse of Christianity. I disbelieve thousands of gods every day, thanks much!

    • http://freethoughtblogs.com/camelswithhammers Camels With Hammers

      Yes, to be clear, when I said I “wasn’t sure”, I was being delicate.

    • Nentuaby

      I figured so, but I think that’s one point that should be hammered. *So* many arguments for religion evaporate when not framed against the false “no god/MY god” dichotomy.

  • Nentuaby

    *Clicks through* Aaand he used a gay pride symbol as his icon for “Hedonism.” That’s just a fucking asshole move.

  • HP

    Actually, the association of the inverted cross with Satanism is relatively recent, and historically unfounded. The inverted cross is the Cross of St. Peter (who was reputedly crucified upside-down) aka the Petrine Cross. It’s an ancient Christian symbol of the early Church of Rome that predates the Catholic/Orthodox schism.

  • Nentuaby

    HP– that’s true, but I’ll have to disagree if you want to argue it’s relevent. The association may be relatively recent and historically unfounded, but it is also current and widespread.