Turkey Theology for Thanksgiving

David Hayward offers the above cartoon with a different perspective in the theology of Thanksgiving. Below are a few other cartoons in a similar vein by other cartoonists.   [Read more...]

Fundamentalist in Chains

Another thought-provoking cartoon by David Hayward: David expresses astonishment that some Christians think that this image depicts exactly the way things should be. For me, the astonishing thing is that those same Christians think that they can imprison God in Biblical chains, even though the freedom of God is one of the many emphases running [Read More...]

“Biblical Parenting” and Parental Images of God

David Hayward has a cartoon today that gets at the heart of an issue many of us have with the depiction of God in some Biblical stories as well as elsewhere: We would be horrified if human parents did these things, and yet few seem to reflect on the sort of impression they give of [Read More...]

The God Box

David Hayward drew and shared the above cartoon, and also some wise words on the topic: We must agree…that the Mystery, the Source, the All-in-all, is certainly beyond the limitations of what we believe. Assuredly! If your god is trapped within your ideas and words then you have nothing more than an idol. Period! [Read more...]

Is Your Theology Weighing You Down?

Two humorous images that appeared on other blogs this morning provide helpful fodder for thinking about theology. The first, from David Hayward, reminds us that the only legitimate use for theological language is as a pointer towards a transcendent reality. The more weight you give to the actual words, understood not as sacraments or symbols [Read More...]

Christian Diversity Explained?

The above is another provocative cartoon by David Hayward. On the same topic, see Liberal Baptist Rev’s “Goofed-Up Bible” version of John 1:1:  “In the beginning was the Bible.  And because the Bible was clear, humankind was saved from endless debates about what God expected. “ [Read more...]

The Wedding/Fight between the Bible and Questions

David Hayward posted the above cartoon today. When I first saw the priest bringing the hands of the Bible and the question mark together, I thought it was depicting a wedding. A closer look showed the boxing gloves and whistle. I love that the cartoon has overtones of both – and of course, being married [Read More...]

Biblicism in a Single Image

David Hayward has created yet another excellent cartoon: The irony, of course, is that many Biblicists will not get this, because they cannot envisage a distinction between what God or Jesus says on the one hand, and the Bible on the other. [Read more...]

Two Theological Libraries

This is the latest cartoon from David Hayward, aka Naked Pastor. I find it makes rather effectively the important point that alleged belief in the authority or clearness of Scripture does not prevent enormous differences of interpretation and disagreements. [Read more...]

Freedom of Interpretation?

This cartoon by David Hayward seems to me to illustrate well the situation we find ourselves in as interpreters – whether of life or of texts. The danger is when we genuinely believe that we are free, having managed to loose ourselves from the influence of upbringing, tradition, personality, and so many other factors. And [Read More...]

What if This is All there Is? What if I’m not Right?

John Hobbins shared this story which he heard at AAR/SBL in San Francisco, and I thought it was worth passing on (it is apparently a variation on a joke told by Stephen Colbert): A guy commits suicide. And he goes to heaven, which is not what he expected. God greets him there, and the guy [Read More...]


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