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With all the recent talk about God vs Santa, I thought this Calvin & Hobbes comic would be appropriate:
exactly. it’s all bullshit. :)
I <3 Calvin&Hobbes
If we try to imagine God, Santa is what we end up with, more or less :)
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“God is Santa Claus for Grownups”
Santa Claus is better than the Biblical god. Maybe the real root of all this “war on Christmas” fury is that people are jealous of Santa’s popularity?
Also, I echo the adoration of Calvin and Hobbes.
Another one of the things that made Bill Watterson great. C&H was peppered with that kind of stuff, doses of environmentalism and wonderful tidbits of mountain biking.
If only I had the hundred-odd dollars for that complete hardcover collection. It was gorgeous.
Oh man, someone needs to post that on Ray Comfort’s blog!
@Jason: It probably wouldn’t make it past moderation.
C & H posits good questions to consider.
Santa Claus can be traced to the historical St. Nicholaus.
God can be traced back to the historical Jesus Christ–the only One giving true meaning to Christmas.
In addition, God has other well documented involvement with His Creation. He also has the testimony of witness in many believers, though granted this is often not the best representation to truly reflect the Almighty.
If you believe that the creation is evidence for the god of Christianity, then you must also consider the negative parts of that creation as well as the positive ones.
Who invented the parasitic worm that lives in the eye of a child? A merciful god?
very good question…
Evil exists because humankind invited evil in. God is a respecter of our choices. Although he is the source of all that is good He does not force himself into our lives. The fact that evil’s mere presence bothers us is only proof of the fact that it ought not to be.
The question we really need to ask is why does a sunset look beautiful? Why is there any goodness left in the world at all?
@Solid Iron wrote:
The question we really need to ask is why does a sunset look beautiful?
“A stunning red sunset or purple sunrise is an aesthetic treat with a scientific explanation: The colors are a direct result of the absorption or reflectance of solar radiation by atmospheric aerosols, minute particles (either solid or liquid) in the Earth’s atmosphere that occur both naturally and because of human activity. At the beginning or end of the day, the Sun’s rays travel farther through the atmosphere to reach an observer’s eyes and more green and yellow light is scattered, making the Sun appear red. Sunset and sunrise are especially colorful when the concentration of atmospheric particles is high. This ability of aerosols to absorb and reflect sunlight is not just pretty; it also determines the amount of radiation and heat that reaches the Earth’s surface and can profoundly affect climate.”
That means sunsets are even prettier when there’s pollution and smog than your god’s pristine-earth sunsets. Sunsets=perfected by humans.
Why is there any goodness left in the world at all?
Because not everyone’s a dick. Do you have any more essential questions?
Bravo. Wonderful response!
My pastor at home in Kansas City used Calvin and Hobbes nearly every month from the pulpit. I’ve always been curious what he thought deep within his heart about the philosophical connotations. I know he was smart, he had to see the same elements of doubt as I did. Was he planting seeds in Christian hearts for doubting the faith? I think that sometimes there are people in churches who value “doing good” more than doctrine. Secular sleeper cells…
“They say they want the kingdom, But they don’t want God in it” – U2 & Johnny Cash
“@Jason: It probably wouldn’t make it past moderation.”
I’m often surprised at the things Ray lets past moderation. He allows people to say some really mean things about him.
Yeah, but if you don’t capitalize god, that’s just TOO far!
Wow.. this was a real C&H? I kind of assumed the dialogue was changed from the original.
Not really related, but it reminds me of “Garfield minus Garfield”. It’s very existential.
@McBloggenstein: No, this is real. One of the reasons I love it!
This is why I love Calvin and Hobbes! What a great observation :)
A just necro, but it would have been particularly relevant a couple weeks ago.
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