Evolution and the profit motive behind evangelical tribalism, in 8 panels

Sometimes people think I’m overstating the case when I describe American evangelicalism as primarily driven by culture-war tribalism in service of partisan politics.

Or when I criticize that tribalism as a tool cynically employed by hucksters seeking to cash in on the tribal market niche.

Or when I suggest that those hucksters are the lackeys and servants of wealthy plutocrats.

But I don’t think I’m overstating any of that.

That’s from the 1975 Spire Christian Comics publication “Archie’s Parables.” (And yes, Spire was published by the Fleming H. Revell Company, why do you ask?)

In 1975, abortion and homosexuality were still many years away from being anything American evangelicals were concerned about, so this comic had to make do with evolution and school prayer. Otherwise, though, plus ça change.

  • SkyknightXi

    Regarding that fallacy…That makes it sound like everyone will do everything that ISN’T interdicted. Sounds a bit like the ant hive in “The Book of Merlyn”–”everything not forbidden is compulsory”, just more reactive than mandated. Such a viewpoint doesn’t seem to understand a place for free will in the human psyche, and I don’t mean in Sam Harris’s understanding.

  • Tonio

     My favorite part was when Archie began keeping a war journal just like the Punisher’s.

  • ChristianPinko

     No, it’s a dessert topping!

  • ChristianPinko

     Hmm, guess I should have read all the comments first.


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