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The God of Eth.

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  1. Poor Richard says:

    I actually heard pastors pull out the “free will” rationalization at services after
    9/11, which especially pissed me because we had lost one our own–a brilliant, promising young nephew.

    Barmaid, my love, you are right; as Poor Richard likes to say, “God cannot be both omnipotent and un-responsible.”

  2. joe says:

    The comic is funny — but the sophistic responses to the God of Eth are even funnier!

    It’s always the old Poe problem — how can you parody the absurdity of theistic beliefs? It’s like Tina Fey and Palin — all Tina does is repeat the transcripts of Palin, because there is simply nothing funnier than the reality.

  3. Hades says:

    //If there was no ugliness, we could not appreciate beauty//

    Yes, God promotes starvation in the thirld-world so that the first world would appreciate being well fed.

  4. Margo says:

    Lol this is great. I never thought of that last response from the barmaid, but I have some other great ones. Each religion claims that the others are wrong, but almost every proof that they use against another religion can be used against them, too. Such as this one. :)

  5. JMo says:

    Is it just me or does it always look as though were giving Jesus a “helping” hand under the bar??????? Not that there is anything wrong with that!

  6. Ben says:

    Quick typo correction: 3rd panel, change “an supremely” to “a supremely”.

  7. Uncle Roger says:

    Okay, so if God gives us free will and allows bad stuff to happen (even though he could foresee and prevent it), then what good is he? Why bother wasting time telling him how great he is, if he’s going to just sit around and let stuff happen anyway? If we’re going to get blown up/flooded out/starved/etc., why not just have fun until it happens?

  8. author says:

    Thanks, Ben.

  9. Hobbes says:

    From the horse’s mouth:

    Isaiah 45:7  I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.

    So, there you have it. Yahweh is supremely good and supremely evil at the same time. Same thing with “perfection.” Perfectly good and perfectly evil. A regular walking(?) contradiction.

  10. Jerry w says:

    Hobbes,
    From the horses other end: Yahweh can therefore play both parts, the good cop and the bad cop?

    Just curious,
    http://www.boskolives.wordpress.com

  11. Rob says:

    I read this and immediately thought, ‘Stephen Law’.
    And now I see it links to his ‘God of Eth’ and that he is linking back to here on his blog…

    Keep up the good philosophical work Author!

  12. Hobbes says:

    Jerry W., maybe Yahweh doesn’t have a back end, and that’s what makes him so angry. Naw. All the crap’s gotta come from somewhere.

    Paraphrasing Socrates:
    Are the actions of Yahweh the right because Yahweh does them, or does Yahweh do them because they are the right thing to do?

    The unexamined belief is not worth believing.

    Hobbes says:
    Argument: Humans do evil because they are not perfect. They are flawed creatures.

    Counter argument: If a widget machine is making widgets, and the widgets are flawed, the fault lies not in the widgets, but in the widget machine.

  13. Tomminator says:

    So it occurred to me the other day;
    Can someone come up with an argument proving the existence of ‘God’ that CANNOT also be used to prove the existence of all the Greek, Roman, Egyptian and Norse gods, Santa Clause, and the Tooth Fairy?

  14. daoloth says:

    He knows, cares but can’t act. Or, he knows, could act but doesn’t care. Or, he would care, would act but doesn’t know. Or he doesn’t know, wouldn’t care and could’nt act if he wanted to. Which God would you rather worship?
    I love the “the same arguments could be made of an evil god”. Priceless! Exactly what the Gnostic heretics argued. And the loely Christians had them all tortured to death. For their own good, of course.

  15. Lana says:

    That’s something that bothered me for years before I realized all religions are made up. Either the god can’t stop great evil or he can and chooses not too. You can’t tell me that allowing someone to exercise free will is more important than protecting innocent lives.

  16. Eric says:

    Roman Catholics believe that the Blessed Virgin Mary had free will but was given the gift of freely choosing never to sin.
    Presumably the rest of us could have been given that gift.

  17. Toast in the machine says:

    If god wants us to be or do something, he is desiring a different state of the world, in which case, he is not perfect. If he desires the world to be different from how it is, eg, by me NOT throwing a baby down the well every morning, then he would be improved by that condition being fulfilled, ie, he is necessarily imperfect until that condition has been met.

    The idea of a ‘perfect’ being ‘wanting’ something is self-contradictory.

  18. Hobbes says:

    Great discussion! One more thing: Yahweh was supposed to have changed his mind that he “made man,” and thus decided to kill them all via flood (ala Noah, Utnapishtim, etc).

    This question, here, is: How can an omniscient god change his/her mind?

    This, too, is self-contradictory.

  19. Simon says:

    So if I read this right, prisons are blasphemous, because by locking someone up in prison we’re depriving them of their free will to choose to do evil, thus going
    against god’s will? Hmm, I’ll have to try that one next time I get arrested . . .

  20. Thomas says:

    This is one of the best religion cartoons I’ve seen in a while.

  21. Toast in the machine says:

    Indeed Hobbes. Before you even get to the ‘Problem of evil’, I can’t see any way logically a being could be both omniscient and omnipotent.

  22. Nik says:

    great cartoon. heckuva job, author.

  23. akita says:

    None of the gods ever existed except in the minds of the fearful.

  24. Ben says:

    I know that if G_d’s out there He/She/It would hate me for this but the whole God=good thing was mostly intended to flatter G_d (and yes I’ve temporarily taken up the whole Jewish editing-out-the-vowels custom). The fact is that most people can’t except an Allmighty who like us embodies both good and evil, which is really not that complicated. I saw one Christian website argue that G_ d= Good means “Good by His own standards for Himself” which can mean anything.

  25. Ben 2 says:

    And since you’ve already got a “Ben” I’ll call myself Ben 2.

  26. Limulus says:

    Heh. That reminds me of an interesting essay at http://www.dpjs.co.uk/god.html titled “God Must Be Evil (If It Exists)”

  27. fenchurch says:

    Um, does anyone actually believe this argument?

    I think everyone has the capacity to evaluate the good from the better, and the beautiful to the beautifuller.

    And, where was the free will involved of tragedies like the tsunami, the earthquakes, infant mortality, etc.?

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