-three uber gods
-a blessed virgin mother (who physically ascended to heaven) of the sacrificed god with a special status and a cult of her own in the Catholic version
-a mother goddess of the beardy one (Gnostic version, see her on the ceiling of the cistern chapel)
-multiple immortal divine archangels
-countless angels, cherubs and assorted divinities, also immortal
Such a PANTHEON sounds curiously like POLYTHEISM to me. Of course, the Christian says it is a mystery or there is only one uber-god, Jehovah the beardy one. But that argument could equally be used to describe many other polytheistic pantheons that have head-honcho world creators as monotheistic. Hail Amun-Ra.
They get The God Who Wasn’t There dvd, it’s a good documentary.
And how come one can only post a comment on the newest comic if you go back to the last comic and forward to this one?
hehe this was funny.
HAPPY NEW YEAR to all Jesus and mo Readers from me.
Awesome =) I’d love to post a Blasphemy Challenge video, but I don’t have a camera
ShadowofGod – click the title of the new comic (where it says “permalink”) and you can access the comments there
Happy new year of full of love,sex,and video games!
Pfft, I was denying the holy spirit before it was cool!
Reminds me of a Richard Dawkins quote: “We are all atheists in regard to 99% of the gods that have existed in history. So, why not take it that one small step further?”
Not surprising really, since all religions since the dawn of man have preached the same thing; there is a higher power which controls each aspect of your life, usually a spiteful, unobliging power. However, it’s hard to base a religous text on the phrase “life sucks” so each religion had to employ a certain amount of character development
I have no problem with the idea of a deity, but I have a BIG problem with organized religion. Monotoning the “Profession of Faith” in Church always made me feel like just one of many zombies. Why not just say, “I just want to be part of this crowd and not stand out and be ridiculed or rejected, however incredulous I feel about this whole resurrection thing.”
Understand what you mean there. But I would observe that spiteful (vindictive, capricious, malevolent, incoherent) higher power seems to be a charactersitic of Abrahism in particular and Indo-European religions in general, albeit not exclusively. Older “religions” (probably incorrect to label them so) such as Old-Europe goddess worship, Eastern Numenisms and Philosophies are commonly more benevolent and balanced and less inclined to political dominion. After all, Buddhism is explicitly atheist.
@Shadow of God: Click on the permalink hyperlink just below the comic, everytime there’s a fresh strip. That displays the comments and enables commenting.
I feel sorry for Jesus.
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“I feel sorry for Jesus.”
Don’t feel sorry, he’s in a better place now.
Nope, sorry, Jonathan Somethingelse.
Do they still offer this DVD? I don’t have a camera so I’d have to buy one… which probably offsets the freeness of the DVD.
But I was going to use the camera to videotape myself doing backflips to get chicks.
Once I learn how to do them.
Tyciol, the Rational Responders were the ones doing this promotion (and Penn Jillette participated, ) and they are selling the DVD for $20 here.
Brian Flemming’s site is selling it for $25 here.
I bought it for $6.66 a while ago during an earlier promotion of his. It’s a great documentary.
TaoAndZen: Your post about christianity having all these deities is very close to the truth – the fact is that many of the stories and figures in the bible have roots in earlier Semitic polytheistic religions, which still correspond to many of the archetypes in many polytheistic religions(Satan, the Tempter/Trickster(a staple in pretty much every polytheistic religion, except in this one he’s seen as strictly evil, never a source of good), Mary, The Mother(Cybele, Gaia, etc…), Jesus The martyr on the cross(Baldr dying on Yggdrasil, the world tree, Atys being hung upon the ash tree), or the child of a virgin birth(Mithras)…. one could go on. It’s interesting to point out that the original Jews were NOT monotheistic – they simply believed that THEIR God was the highest, and that if you didn’t worship him you would be punished.
I don’t get how these atheists can still claim to be so nonconformist, when they have what amounts to conformity contests. I think the entire idea of getting offended is pointless, as is the idea of deliberately offending people (unless you do it in a way that is funny or causes them to think).
BTW 2 points:
1. I love this comic strip which is arguably not that offensive and satisfies both of the above.
2. Lets face it, some Atheists have used their belief system to rationalize horrible acts just as religious people have. Consider China’s Cultural Revolution, which now even the Chinese consider to have been a bad idea.
(Some religious people would argue that explicitly atheist dictators have done more damage than explicitly religious ones, but I think that it’s all pretty subjective, especially seeing the comparative sizes of populations involved. Also there’s borderline cases like Saddam and Hitler who mostly just used religion without really following it).
@Ben: As a lifelong atheist, I had no idea that I/we claim nonconformity. Any direct quotes or examples for it from any published atheists?
Do you have a good English dictionary? Does it have the word “system” in it? OK, good. Now, please explain (again, all a surprise to me) what components work together to furnish atheist belief.
I honestly thought all along atheism was a single position on a single claim, not an array of items working together.
As for the “atheistic” dictators, please draw the causal connection of how the atrocities were committed in the name of no-god. I would be fascinated to see a demonstration of how a lack of belief in something is the inspiration for taking any particular action.
Maybe I’ve been going about my atheism all wrong. Or maybe you are building a straw man because you have no idea WTF you are talking about?
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