God’s Bible

Here’s another provocative cartoon from David Hayward: David points out that the Bible’s repeated references to “the Word of God” are not about something that can be called “the Bible.” This is true – and ought to be obvious – for several reasons. First and foremost, when the texts that eventually came to make up [Read More…]

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Questions vs. Security

This cartoon from David Hayward seems to me to be a good one for the transition to a new year: I like this one better than the previous one that I commented on. It illustrates a number of things, in my view correctly. Choosing a path of openness and exploration vs. pat answers and the [Read More…]

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Converting to/from Fundamentalism

David Hayward shared this older cartoon of his today: The title seems to me precisely wrong. There is indeed a dividing line between those who see the world in terms of binary opposites, and those who see the world as rich, complex, deep, beautiful, and defying simple categories. But that line cuts through the whole [Read More…]

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Is Your Jesus a Spoiled Brat?

David Hayward is on a roll this week. Here’s his latest cartoon: David adds the comment: You’d think he would have outgrown this narcissistic attitude by the time he became an adult. But… according to many… apparently not. This is really insightful. The God and the Jesus that many conservative Christians envisage is one who [Read More…]

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God’s Relationship to Theology

Another provocative cartoon by David Hayward. What do you think it means? I take it to mean that the depiction of God in theology is no more accurate than Fox News' depictions of Obama. Could it be understood in a different way – as though theology itself is more frequently attacking God than portraying him [Read More…]

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The Last Thing We Need

Another provocative cartoon from David Hayward. What do you think of it? Would you agree that another religion – even if it happens to be your own – is the last thing humanity needs? [Read more…]

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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…]

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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…]

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“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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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