Does Coffee Prevent Temple Tantrums?

Given my longstanding interest in the temple incident, I felt I had to comment on David Hayward’s cartoon above. The action of Jesus in the temple, as depicted both in the Gospel of Mark and in the Gospel of John, seems to be a deliberate, well-planned symbolic action, and not an example of someone losing [Read More…]

How Mail Has Changed

Via The Art of Simple [Read more…]

First Man

An interesting way of approaching the idea that religion and science are not necessarily an either/or question. From C-Section Comics. Perhaps what is best about it is its suggestion that sometimes the truth makes neither side in typical debates entirely happy. [Read more…]

The Extent of Literalism

When I first posted the cartoon above by Tim “Spike” Davis, it was accompanied by a screenshot of someone arguing that, since the Bible refers to people reasoning with their hearts in the Bible, the heart must contain a tiny brain. I was subsequently informed that the individual who expressed this view had experienced a severe [Read More…]

The Other Arks

Hemant Mehta shared the above cartoon. It is always good to ask about things a story doesn’t mention, but which perhaps it should. Gavin Rumney shared an older cartoon that explores a similar idea: [Read more…]

The Good Samaritan (Stay On Your Toes)

Via Daily Kos. Sometimes satire makes a point better than any other approach could. [Read more…]

Distracted by a Burning Bush

From The New Yorker via Hemant Mehta. It is actually quite a poignant cartoon, asking us to reflect on where we look for God, and whether things that we presume to be revelations from God might not rather be distractions from God. For instance, it could equally have depicted God saying, “Those are just words that humans [Read More…]

Have You Seen What They’ve Written About Us?

The above cartoon by David Hayward makes a lot of useful points at once. On the one hand, it emphasizes that the Bible is the work of people writing about God, not something God wrote and dropped down from heaven. It also depicts God anthropomorphically, as three persons surprised when they find out what humans have written [Read More…]

Do All Creatures Go To Heaven?

Too often people accept concepts and ideas without ever taking the time to think through the implications. From Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal. HT Jerry Coyne. [Read more…]

How Dinosaurs Became Extinct

HT Nick Gotts, who got it from Sol Chrom. If there is a serious point, perhaps it is this: sometimes disaster strikes and there’s nothing you can do. But sometimes we inflict it upon ourselves. And worse still, when we divide and compete where cooperation would bring greater benefit, we set ourselves up to be [Read More…]


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