Comic 30 - 1.2.30

28th Feb 2018, 4:26 PM in Book 1: End Zone, Canto 2
Average Rating: 5 (2 votes)
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Cliff Hansen 28th Feb 2018, 4:26 PM edit delete
It's amazing how often atheists have a better knowledge of the Bible than believers.


...(RockB) 28th Feb 2018, 8:02 PM edit delete reply
I bet if people were raised without the "knowledge" that "there is a God, no really", we wouldn't have most of the trouble anymore. I mean if all gods were instead known to be a fairytale, a figment, there would be no reason to fight over "which is the real one" and everybody could still believe what they want.


Edit: Ahem... There's something more on-topic I wanted to say... Since almost everyone in the western countries is raised with a Christian background, it is much easier for them to say or think "I believe in God and the bible" even if they don't really, as this is no change of the status quo. Saying "I don't believe in God and the bible" requires a change and requires you to know something about the bible so you can disagree with something in particular.

Not long ago I encountered a post on DeviantArt about an attempt to prove that God is real. I threw a few questions and the guy called me out about "what kind of bible I read" until I pointed out that his version contained exactly the same 10 commandments. Otherwise he ignored my questions completely, it turned unreal very quick.
Cliff Hansen 28th Feb 2018, 10:26 PM edit delete reply
A future Doubting Thomas story tackles this question in an interesting way. I look forward to your thoughts when we get there! My question though is how I never realized just how off my perspective was in the third panel, haha!
...(RockB) 1st Mar 2018, 11:49 PM edit delete reply
Didn't notice anything wrong in the 3rd panel. Thomas seems to be a very tall man, though.

(I found it more strange that Thomas can write on a piece of paper with a big pencil by holding it in one hand without putting it against a hard surface XD And (minor thing) that he had paper, pencil and sticky tape on him in the first place - I always have a few ball point pens, rarely paper and never sticky tape on myself, even though this is possible.)
Cliff Hansen 2nd Mar 2018, 10:12 AM edit delete reply
Haha, I also realized this after pushing to publish button. It was actually supposed to be a sharpie, which makes since as those need less pressure, but then I recycled the bit with him writing from the first scene Thomas was featured in to save time and forgot to change it. I'm actually okay with the idea of him having tape and paper on him though. We're going to see later that leaving notes to mess with whoever leaves the billboard messages has become a bit of a hobby for Thomas, and so even though this is our first time seeing it, the act probably began in the 2-month interim...Which is my way of saying that I actually did experiment with having him just stick the note in the corner of sign and it didn't look good, so I figured this would just make more sense :-)
...(RockB) 4th Mar 2018, 10:29 AM edit delete reply
Yeah, while writing that I thought about possibilities to solve it. Using a piece of cardboard instead of paper? Still not working well. Using a soft felt tip pen? Still not good enough with paper, would work with cardboard.

I guess the easiest resolution would have been to stick the note to the board first and then writing on it, but then you'd have to depict Thomas from behind.

Let's just say God provided Thomas with the Perfect Paper, hard when he wants to write on it, like normal paper in all other cases. 8D
Cliff Hansen 4th Mar 2018, 11:16 PM edit delete reply
The real question is if I am going to do something different in the next situation where he encounters that billboard so you can sleep at night without pondering it, or do I leave it the same for consistency....
Miguel 1st Mar 2018, 6:04 PM edit delete reply
Liked the commentary on how atheists tend to know so much about religions they used to be a part of and I agree with my fellow reader who talked about the double standard for biblical knowledge in the USA with the burden on atheists.
Cliff Hansen 2nd Mar 2018, 10:21 AM edit delete reply
Isn't that burden weird? As I had Thomas observe just a few pages back, the extraordinary claim requires extraordinary evidence. Many Christians actually believe that their claim is less extraordinary than ours, so they believe we are the ones who need to present the evidence, but the problem is, we have done just that! The burden has shifted. Another example: a couple days ago, I heard someone explaining how they think violent video games are the reason why we have school shootings. This frustrated me. I understand why this is a natural hypothesis, but I had already presented this person with examples of how the idea has been well tested and the results have been very clear: there is no evidence that violent video games cause real violence, and actually a correlation in the opposite direction implying that it is possible that they could reduce it, like as a venting mechanism. This person is entitled to their own opinion, but not their own facts. If they want to say that violent video games cause violent behavior, they are now required to not just present evidence that this is the case, but also evidence as to how the previous studies were flawed before I give their opinion any credence. It's the same thing with religion. If you want to prove there's a god, great, but you've got a lot of evidence to present before I'll even give you the time of day.
...(RockB) 4th Mar 2018, 10:36 AM edit delete reply
Well, People who don't really think about can say: "Got is the creator of everything, The world including you and me exists, so then God must exist, because the world could not exist without him.

Completely Ignoring that there is another explanation for the existence of the world and everything...

On other words, we have presented our explanation, it's the Big Bang theory, they just dismiss it.