God with No Strings Attached?

David Hayward has created another thought-provoking cartoon. It illustrates the difficulties inherent in speaking about God. God, as the ultimate reality, transcends our understanding. For that very reason, those who desire certainty regularly fall prey to those who offer them substitutes, the less than ultimate, who claim to being God closer to them and to [Read More...]

Grief at the Loss of Absolutes

David Hayward shared the above cartoon. The title uses “deconstruction” in its popular rather than its technical sense. It is really about the application of Kübler-Ross' famous “five stages of grief” to the grief we experience when we realize that our conviction that we have the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth [Read More...]

Reverse the Conveyor Belt

David Hayward shared the cartoon below: I don't see the church as a place that should convert humble questioners into confident (and, if the cartoon is accurate, rather grumpy-looking) exclaimers. I used to see it that way, but now my view is essentially the opposite. If anything, the church should be a place that brings [Read More...]

Flying Horses

David Hayward’s latest cartoon illustrates an important point about interreligious dialogue, as well as about cross-cultural interactions. It is easy to see the oddness in the beliefs and customs of another, and very difficult to see how equally odd our own seem to others. Decking a status with flowers may seem bizarre and pagan, while [Read More...]

The Bible Says

David Hayward’s latest cartoon makes a good point. People have justified all sorts of contradictory things from the Bible – from their faith to their atheism, from their right-wing politics to their left-wing economics, from their violence against others to their pacifism. What are the implications of recognizing this and taking it seriously? At the [Read More...]

Good Fight

“Good fight” is something that two competitors can say to each other, winner to loser and vice versa, after a boxing match or something similar. It is also part of the phrase found in the Bible, “fight the good fight.” David Hayward’s cartoon above, and his post related to it, helpfully ask whether one can [Read More...]

Can Accepting a Default View be ‘Faith’?

David Hayward’s cartoon gets at a serious question.   [Read more...]

Trickster God

David Hayward shared the above cartoon, depicting a deity that sets a trap that leads to the downfall of the one who falls into it. There is a lot of Christian theology that mirrors what is depicted. And it deserves to be highlighted, talked about, and challenged by those who find it seriously problematic. [Read more...]

Church of Death

David Hayward posted this cartoon: I find it all the more interesting because it potentially highlights two possible ways of thinking about and approaching church, and Christianity. On the one hand, there is an approach that uses appealing things to lure people into a trap that ultimately results in their spiritual death, as they join [Read More...]

Cross and Question Mark

David Hayward shared this cartoon yesterday: I am sure that there are some who will find it offensive. But the cross has not always been a public symbol for Christianity, and the removal of a physical symbol doesn’t necessarily indicate the removal of that which is symbolized. But on the other hand, I don’t think [Read More...]

Bible Bunker

This is yet another provocative cartoon by David Hayward. What is your impression of it? Sabio Lantz suggests taking it even further, that liberal Christians use Christian identity in the same way. I'm not persuaded, but see what he wrote and then let me know what you think. But I can imagine fundamentalists saying that [Read More...]


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