Rob Bell’s Hell

I did this cartoon when Rob Bell first came out with Love Wins. I was amazed by how much press he got, including negative press. I thought of Bell and how much stress and strain that would cause a person.Then he comes out with another book, What We Talk About When We Talk About God, and he gets the same thing all over again. Not surprised. But it is still a fascinating subject for me observing all the activity around this.Lots of people are talking about it, including Tony Jones, Doug … [Read more...]

Idolatry and the Sublimation of Self

The root word of sublimation is sublime. It refers to the process of making something gross into something more sublime.Scientifically, sublimation refers to the process of transition of a substance from the solid phase to the gas phase without passing through an intermediate liquid phase.In psychology, sublimation is when socially unacceptable impulses are consciously transformed into socially acceptable behavior which serves a higher cultural or socially useful purpose.I suggest that in … [Read more...]

Extorted Idolatry of Work

I was talking with a friend of mine today about his work. He described what can pretty much happen to anybody who has a job:He is rewarded for working hard. What this translates into is staying later and even putting in time at home for which he isn't paid. His superiors know this about him and reward him for it. What's his reward? He gets to keep his job while a coworker loses hers. She can't put in as much extra time because she is a single mom. She can't stay late because she has to pick … [Read more...]

cartoon: modeling god

Click on the image for a larger picture.The great Hasidic Jewish scholar Abraham Heschel said that the reason idolatry is addressed in the first commandment is that it is our primary problem, and that all the other commandments hinge on this one. It is inevitable that we all have an image of God in our minds that is not God. That isn't God. As Krishnamurti said, "The word is not the thing." Notice how he gets his instructions from the book. But once he has the image in his mind, he doesn't … [Read more...]

cartoon: the new golden calf

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