The Argument from Dignity

This Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal cartoon (HT Hemant Mehta) makes a good point that can be taken even further. One could object to any number of things, including things that young-earth creationists claim to be true, on the basis of it supposedly detracting from the value or dignity of human beings. “I didn’t come from [Read More...]

The Cosmos as Group Project

The suggestion that the cosmos might have multiple creators, and/or one or more bungling ones, is voiced in David Hume’s Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion. This cartoon from SMBC updates the image to one that is particularly appropriate for the end of the semester. Do click through and push the red button for the final punchline. And [Read More...]

The Criterion of Mortification

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal featured the comic below, which illustrates a popular misunderstanding of the criterion of embarrassment which scholars sometimes use. I’ll share more thoughts below the comic. First, it is worth pointing out that, in historical studies, the fact that an author is honest about something does not automatically mean they are honest about [Read More...]

The Concept of Heaven

I am pretty skeptical of ideas of an afterlife. So is one of the characters in this SMBC comic. But perhaps we simply aren’t using our imagination sufficiently. Is there a depiction of the afterlife that you have encountered that seems to you particularly problematic? Is there not one that you can imagine that would be [Read More...]

Far from God

This Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal cartoon illustrates nicely what the implications are of God in spatial terms, as a being rather than Being itself. On this one it is definitely worth clicking through to read the additional panel that appears when you push the red button.   [Read more...]

Why Do Unsexy Things Happen to Sexy People?

SMBC has tackled the problem of evil. What do you make of its response? I have this discussion (about the problem of evil – not about fetishes) in my First Year Seminar class regularly. Does anyone actually want to live in a universe in which you get a cookie every time you do something good, and as a [Read More...]

How To Ruin A Protest

From SMBC [Read more...]

How Could God Let This Happen?

From Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal. You can insert many other remakes and make the same point. Although the fact that some of us have the luxury of asking why a benevolent God would allow bad movies, rather than why we have not had any food for a week, itself raises the problem of evil. Be [Read More...]

Deer Jesus

Via Christian Memes [Read more...]

The Second YEC Law of Thermodynamics

I remember falling for the claim that evolution was incompatible with the Second Law of Thermodynamics when I was a teenager. I apparently lacked the ability to realize that the world’s scientists were not so incompetent as to miss something so basic, nor did I consider that the fact that mainstream scientists were engaging in [Read More...]

I Don’t Believe in Not Believing in Love

The above Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal cartoon offers a clever rejoinder to the “I don't believe in love” claim. It led me to think of another. One can respond to the claim to disbelieve in love by pointing out that that state of disbelief, and the reasoning that drives it, is every bit as much [Read More...]


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