David Hayward seems to think Satan is responsible for the “exorcism” of questions:
Funny, I thought God was responsible for the same thing.
Nope, because http://www.GodIsImaginary.com
Ah, perspective… how it can change things. For example, my interpretation of this print.
I see those question marks not as questions which may bear useful answers, but as the mysteries to which the faithful desire to use their faith to explain.
And so here is this scene, A devil removing the fuel of faith from the mind, as the passage of time reduces the god of the gaps into ever narrower domains.
I hope that little fella doesn’t forget to screw in the light-bulb after he’s done.
Aren’t they the same thing?
I think it would be better if the horned devil were replaced by a pastor.
Sense. This cartoon makes none.
I believe from a Christian perspective what David Hayworth is saying is that doubt and questioning are good. Trying to eliminate questioning is bad/evil/”of the devil.” It’s a pro-inquiry cartoon. As an atheist I wouldn’t have chosen to illustrate that idea using the Devil, but overall I approve of the message.
Hmmm… I wonder what happens when you get rid of all those pesky questions? Shouldn’t the Devil be shoveling them in? Just sayin’…
Davis is a Christian pastor, so it’s natural that he would present things from a Christian perspective.
At least it’s not from a fundie Christian perspective.
Sorry David 🙁
From a Biblical standpoint, Hemant is correct.
In the Genesis myth, God puts Adam and Eve in a garden and forbids them from eating the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil (which, if eaten gives one knowledge of good and evil and hence the capacity to consider moral questions), while Satan suggests that they (or Eve, at least) should eat the fruit of the tree. So, Satan wants us to ask questions while God wants us to lack even the capacity to ask questions.
Realistically, Satan is just a sock puppet for god anyway. No matter who’s shoveling, the result is exactly what religion wants, unquestioning followers. That’s part of why it’s such silly mythology.
I’m a christian (for now) with lots of questions and I didn’t see this as David literally saying the devil is responsible for questions. I saw this as him saying what I myself has experienced far too many times. Whenever I bring up questions that challenge the fundamentals of christianity or even basic common sense, I’m often told that the devil is filling my head with these doubts and questions…always followed by a promise to pray for me. Never prayer that I’ll get the answers to my questions, but prayer that I’ll stop being led astray. So I totally get where David is going with this.