Misrepresenting Religious Views

Hemant Mehta shared the SMBC comic below. It makes a good point, don’t you think? If not, you probably stopped reading before the last panel… [Read more…]

Paul the Programmer

I found this SMBC comic funny, even though its view of Paul’s proclamation is problematic. Paul didn’t even call his message or the movement it expressed “Christianity.” And he was adamant that the gospel he proclaimed was about grafting Gentiles into the tree whose roots were the ancestors of the Jews. Yet the programming analogy still has [Read More…]

Batman Theodicy

From Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal. It provides a nice illustration of how we sometimes accept an argument from a premise that we take for granted, without realizing that the premise itself is problematic and deserves examination.   [Read more…]

Half-Hearted Prayer of a Boy Under Duress

From Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal. [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…]

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…]


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