Monday, July 14, 2008

Hell on Wheels

Why do Christians laugh when cartoonists portray hell as a humorous prop and the devil as a kind of bumbling idiot? Is it simply sick humor, or a declaration that the idea is ludicrous, an atheistic sneer, a more “enlightened” religious perspective, a kind of cynical “whistling in the dark”, the loss of respect for traditional Christian teachings, a theologically “soft” copout, a collapse of morality, and/or a sign of the Second Coming? Once upon a time, a fortified town would open its gates to invaders if a priest threatened to excommunicate its inhabitants. What has changed?

Comic from Rubes, by Leigh Rubin.
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