Ring Around the Reasoning

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Graphic designer by day and web cartoonist by night. Bengie also 'arts' the interactive audio comic Slackjaw: The Working Dead

  • Rain

    Sadly too close to the truth. Thomas Aquinas quotes Augustine to justify why Thomas Aquinas should think the scripture is infallible:

    “Only those books of Scripture which are called canonical have I learned to hold in such honor as to believe their authors have not erred in any way in writing them.”

    So yeah, Aquinas thinks it’s infallible because Augustine says so. Thomas Aquinas also manges to drag “pagan greek philosophers” in there too somehow–all of whom would probably roll over in their graves if they knew it.

  • C Peterson

    Well, given that there are hundreds of different versions of the Bible, that say different things and are, at the same time, somehow the inerrant word of God, there’s a bizarre kind of internal logic being applied here…

  • Librepensadora

    Things your fundamentalist Bible-thumper might not know about the second epistle to Timothy, chapter 3, verse 16: One, the apostle Paul probably did not write this letter. Two, the verse refers to what we call the Old Testament because at that time there was not a New Testament, only scattered writings which had not been gathered up and decided upon. Want proof? The scripture referred to here is said to be good for teaching Christians to behave properly. According to 1 John 5:13, the purpose of the New Testament is that people might believe in Jesus and know they have eternal life through him.

  • Octoberfurst

    I can’t tell you how many times Christians have quoted the Bible to me to prove the Bible is true. The most common one I hear is that 500 people saw Jesus resurrected. Yep, says so right in the Bible so it must be true! >facepalm<

  • Houndentenor

    What’s fascinating is that the person who wrote those words had no idea what would be included in the Bible that we have now. The decision for what would be included in the Bible and what would be left out was made 100s of years later.

  • Houndentenor

    Knowing what Fundamentalists think about the Catholic Church (I know I heard it over and over in church growing up) I find it odd that they accept the Bible as handed over to them by that Roman Catholic Church.

  • Anon

    Okay then.

    There are no gods. There never have been. There never will be.

    This comment is true because I say so.

    Therefore there is no god.

    I think I just solved our problem. Now, go forth and spread the message.

  • observer

    I…I think you just devided by zero.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/chidy/ chicago dyke

    way to completely miss the point, dood.

  • C Peterson

    Except no rational person claims there are no gods. And no rational person claims a statement is true simply because they made it. And therefore no rational person arrives at your conclusion. So you have started with an invalid premise, and supported it with illogical assertions. Just like the person the cartoon is mocking.

  • coyotenose

    Jesus you people are bad at this.

  • coyotenose

    I told someone who used that line that by his standard, we have a million times more evidence for Harry Potter than for Jesus.

    After that, he went to anonymous trolling as his only debate form.

  • Anon

    Thaaat would sort of be the point.

    It was a joke.

    I probably should have known better than to attempt sarcasm on the internet.

  • C Peterson

    I probably should have known better than to attempt sarcasm on the internet.

    Always a dangerous proposition. But you should know by now how difficult it is to say something crazy in the voice of a theist and have your words be understood as sarcasm!

  • A3Kr0n

    That makes sense!

  • baal

    Note the ‘canonical’ part. The early bible authors had a play a game of which ones will we include and which books won’t we. I, for one, love the Gospel of Thomas. Well, not really but it doesn’t play well with the other gospels.