seriously? July 17, 2012

god doing some light reading theology cartoon by nakedpastor david hayward

Didn’t Barth, one of the greatest theologians of all time, suggest that one of the key characteristics of a theologian ought to be joy? A sense of humor? Happiness?

Don’t we take ourselves too seriously? Sometimes? Too much?

You can buy a print of this cartoon to hang in your study, your office, your cubicle, your home. A great reminder and conversation starter!

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  • Gary

    I love this one David. The delightfully amusing thought of some of my old church members seeing this and becoming completely incensed by it is reason enough to share it on my facebook wall.

  • We love to laugh and have a good time at church.

    Way too many believe that church (and theology) is for ladder climbing to God. How boring and self-consumed.

  • Terry Shults

    I have been saying for some years (surely, someone weightier has said similar earlier)theology is not the study of God. It’s the study of the collection of ideas people have had about God.

  • Brenda


    I love this! Partially because I sometimes have that same reaction reading theology books….
    And yes, a sense of humor is essential.

    I love seeing what you post every day.

  • A MacIntosh

    I think the cartoon could have been even more powerfully pointed if you’d depicted God as anything other than and old man with a beard. Just saying 🙂

  • Cathy O

    Loved it! … but of course I have to ask why you portrayed God as a man … especially in light of your Sophia creations. 😉

  • true cathy o. balance?

  • Vie

    In recent heated debated with my dad about homosexuality, membership and whatnot, this is just SO relevant.

    This is me, my dad is the exclamation. I guess you can imagine how my household works…

  • Fred

    “I don’t trust the theology of any person who doesn’t laugh.” –Elton Trueblood