The evolution of religion

Reader Laurie sent me this swell cartoon:

32 Comments

  1. Merilee
    Posted March 29, 2018 at 1:53 pm | Permalink

    Love it!

  2. busterggi
    Posted March 29, 2018 at 1:55 pm | Permalink

    Most people I run into are still stuck in the mindset of the first two panels.

  3. Posted March 29, 2018 at 2:06 pm | Permalink

    Finally! One cartoon to explain it all!

  4. glen1davidson
    Posted March 29, 2018 at 2:10 pm | Permalink

    Yeah, I’m a sun-worshiper too.

    Glen Davidson

    • W.T. Effingham
      Posted March 29, 2018 at 4:08 pm | Permalink

      Praised be el sol.

    • wiseape108
      Posted March 29, 2018 at 4:54 pm | Permalink

      No sunworshippers in England. We’re all about the low lying grey clouds.

      • Ken Kukec
        Posted March 29, 2018 at 5:23 pm | Permalink

        Cousin Avi summed it up pretty well in Snatch.

        • Merilee
          Posted March 29, 2018 at 6:27 pm | Permalink

          I LOVED that movie!! Probably seen it 3 or more times. Was glad to see it on DVD with subtitles to understand all the accents, especially Brad Pitt’s made-up Parky accent (which I had first heard as Paki.). So many hilarious scenes (open up the dog, par exemple).

          • P. Taylor
            Posted March 30, 2018 at 3:03 am | Permalink

            I think it’s “Pikey”, a derogatory term for Travellers/gypsies, used (I believe) largely in the south of England.

            • Merilee
              Posted March 30, 2018 at 8:33 am | Permalink

              Yes, I think you’re right thst it’s Pikey, P:). What’s a poor North American to make of a word like thst? Does it come from turnpike?

      • Posted March 30, 2018 at 6:20 am | Permalink

        Reminds me of the rain god in The Hitchhikers’ Guide to the Galaxy.

        • infiniteimprobabilit
          Posted April 2, 2018 at 2:41 am | Permalink

          I think that was actually in So Long, and Thanks For All The Fish which was book 3 of the five in the Hitchhiker trilogy.

          Just to split hairs…

          cr

          • infiniteimprobabilit
            Posted April 2, 2018 at 2:42 am | Permalink

            Dammit, book 4 of the five.

            How embarrassing… 8-(

            cr

  5. Posted March 29, 2018 at 2:32 pm | Permalink

    Evolution you say! Sorry to be so pedantic It says history, what’s more, history as a fairytale narrative. Nowhere near as complex as evolution, (why am i telling you all this?) which is why in part, these poor religious saps can’t cope with it, it requires a little thinking it through to arrive at the last panel.

  6. Randall Schenck
    Posted March 29, 2018 at 2:34 pm | Permalink

    Just go to step 9 and ignore the rest. You will be much happier.

  7. W.T. Effingham
    Posted March 29, 2018 at 2:45 pm | Permalink

    In lieu of indoctrinating babies and toddlers with these gods,those gods, this or that god, enhance their curiosity about real events.

  8. Posted March 29, 2018 at 3:50 pm | Permalink

    I’m with the last panel except I haven’t grown up.

    rz

    • Mark Sturtevant
      Posted March 29, 2018 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

      I like that! I have not entirely grown up either.

      • Mark R.
        Posted March 29, 2018 at 8:59 pm | Permalink

        Not even trying…

      • Posted March 29, 2018 at 9:13 pm | Permalink

        I keep waiting for the day that I finally feel fully matured. Not sure it’s coming.

  9. Posted March 29, 2018 at 6:00 pm | Permalink

    Google Paul Kinsella. You’ll luv many of his cartoons.

  10. Rupinder Sayal
    Posted March 29, 2018 at 6:34 pm | Permalink

    Awesome! Love it!

  11. another fred
    Posted March 29, 2018 at 7:29 pm | Permalink

    On the subject of the “magic invisible animals in the sky”, there is more and more evidence that there were some fairly significant and quite visible things things in the sky in the form of comets and other bodies appearing from time to time that probably had meaningful impacts on human societies, myths, and religions.

    There was a recent paper published on Sholz’s Star and calculations that it disturbed the Oort cloud. It has long been known that Comet Encke (or its parent body) broke up during the time that AMH inhabited the planet.

    Think of how humans of just 5 or 6 centuries past would have reacted if something like the Tunguska event had happened over a populated area.

  12. ethan
    Posted March 29, 2018 at 8:52 pm | Permalink

    Jerry, what about the Pope’s comments that Hell doesn’t actually exist (unrepentant souls just disappear). Then the Vatican quickly backpeddling his remarks. The Pope seems kind of smart & literate, but he’s like the Donald Trump of Popes with his comments. People look at his remarks and say “Oh, that’s just Francis”.

  13. Posted March 29, 2018 at 11:31 pm | Permalink

    Where’s all the killing?

  14. Wunold
    Posted March 30, 2018 at 3:37 am | Permalink

    That’s just divine in its humour and truth.

  15. Posted March 30, 2018 at 11:53 am | Permalink

    It seems that as sciences progresses, there’s less and less for the supernatural to explain. I don’t entirely rule out the existence of the supernatural, since quantum physics allows for the existence of other dimensions/realities. However, it doesn’t seem to have as much influence over this dimension as our ancestors seemed to have thought.

    • Posted March 30, 2018 at 12:17 pm | Permalink

      What I hold for sure (and reassuring) is that such a supernatural being will not be like the demanding Jewish/Christian/Muslim God.
      .-

  16. Sully
    Posted March 30, 2018 at 8:49 pm | Permalink

    Adulterers in churches and pornography in the schools
    You got gangsters in power and lawbreakers making rules.
    When you gonna wake up, when you gonna wake up
    When you gonna wake up strengthen the things that remain ?
    Spiritual advisors and gurus to guide your every move
    Instant inner peace and every step you take has got to be approved.
    When you gonna wake up, when you gonna wake up
    When you gonna wake up strengthen the things that remain ?

  17. Zetopan
    Posted April 1, 2018 at 7:54 pm | Permalink

    The series left out a number of places where the myriad of gods were alleged to have dwelled, like trees and the planets, etc. As humans learned more about these various objects and places the gods had to relocate ever farther away. That ever increasing distance has finally reached about 43 billion light years (no doubt to be even farther away in the future).

    The current idiot pope claims that his god created the big bang (which was not an explosion, as often incorrectly depicted) and scientists are not allowed to look beyond that! As though the scientific community has to follow the popes moronic directions about what to study. In past times studying disease would have been forbidden, because it’s caused by demons!

    Remember that a particularly stupid form of obscurantism – apologetics – was invented by theologians trying to defend their inbred idiocy. Once people buy into *magic* as an “explanation” there is no bottom to the levels of stupidity that can be reached.


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