Candorville by Darrin Bell


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  1. griffon88

    griffon88 said, about 4 years ago

    On the plus side Clyde, there’s no evidence for god(s). On the minus side, you still know what you did, ‘Thug 4 Life’.

  2. rshive

    rshive said, about 4 years ago

    Clyde’s still in the philosophical stage. Reality can wait.

  3. sleeepy2

    sleeepy2 said, about 4 years ago


    If your looking for evidence you’re kind of missing the point.

  4. BillJ-MN

    BillJ-MN said, about 4 years ago


    Sure, let’s all believe in flying purple unicorns in spite of the lack of evidence for them. After all, looking for evidence is missing the point.

  5. kerb berk

    kerb berk said, about 4 years ago

    If you are not seeing the evidence, you are kinda blind.

  6. BillJ-MN

    BillJ-MN said, about 4 years ago

    @kerb berk

    What passes for evidence of deities boils down to “I dunno, must be magic.”

  7. 761st

    761st said, about 4 years ago

    check out Ben Stein’s take on God and America

  8. Keeper 98

    Keeper 98 said, about 4 years ago

    Atheists acknowledge there’s no way to disprove God. They simply say the existence of God is as likely as that of the Tooth Fairy. Big difference from saying anything you can’t explain is proof of the existence of a superior being.

  9. BillJ-MN

    BillJ-MN said, about 4 years ago

    You’re operating under a false perception of what an atheist is. Atheists are not required to assert that there absolutely are not deities. There are some who do, and they qualify as atheists, but they don’t define us. For most atheists, it’s simply a matter of fact that we won’t believe in any deities unless we have some good reason to do so. I’ve never seen any convincing (or even suggestive) evidence of the existence of any of the many deities that humans have conjured up. Therefore, I have no reason to consider their existence as being plausible.

  10. Emlyn

    Emlyn GoComics PRO Member said, about 4 years ago

    Years ago, my husband was in the hospital for surgery that required an overnight stay. They brought in as a roommate a guy who needed spinal disc surgery. I heard him talking on the phone, and I gathered that he had something really serious on his conscience, and he was therefore terrified of possibly dying during surgery and having to meet his Maker. I found out later that he signed himself out of the hospital in pain rather than risk the surgery.

  11. BillJ-MN

    BillJ-MN said, about 4 years ago

    I reject your definitions of strong and weak atheism. They are unnecessarily limiting and very self-serving for your argument. Am I a weak unbeliever in flying purple unicorns if I say I’d consider their existence plausible if someone presented good evidence of them? It’s a fact that I would, but it’s also a fact that I’m not going to believe in their existence unless I see some of that evidence.

    It’s the same with deities. I’m ready to believe in anything that I have some reason to believe is true. The arguments you cite from Descartes and Berkeley don’t cut it for me. I see them as convincing only for those who are somewhat predisposed to believe.

    I’ve never seen a logical argument for the existence of deities that holds water. Even if one did, there would still be a huge leap to be made from choosing to believe in the general concept to actually choosing any specific one or more of the many, many, MANY different versions of deities that humans have imagined.

  12. Theodore Fish

    Theodore Fish GoComics PRO Member said, about 4 years ago

    dont really mater to me as to what the rest of you think as for me i believe and i dont care if it bothers anyone that i do either.

  13. Goblinopolis

    Goblinopolis said, about 4 years ago

    If God were a physical being who came to my house to give me a quarter, I would believe in Him.

  14. Spamgaard

    Spamgaard said, about 4 years ago

    You’d think a supremely infinite perfect being would have done a better job creating life, the universe, and everything… You can add me to the list of people who don’t find the ontological argument persuasive.

    Not sure I get what you’re saying in the rest of this, one moment you seem to be arguing for an abstract belief in god separate from religion, the next you’re using the “Bible” (assume the NT?) as a “confirmation” of what the faithful see in their lives. Sounds like confirmation bias, but that’s just my opinion.

    As far as “strong” and “weak” atheists go, I hedge and say I’m an agnostic atheist. 99.99% sure, but if there were a scientifically provable repeatable experiment for the existence of god, well, I’d believe.

    I’m fond of Bertrand Russell’s statement on the matter:

    As a philosopher, if I were speaking to a purely philosophic audience I should say that I ought to describe myself as an Agnostic, because I do not think that there is a conclusive argument by which one can prove that there is not a God. On the other hand, if I am to convey the right impression to the ordinary man in the street I think that I ought to say that I am an Atheist, because, when I say that I cannot prove that there is not a God, I ought to add equally that I cannot prove that there are not the Homeric gods.
    —Bertrand Russell, Collected Papers, vol. 11, p. 91

  15. markjoseph125

    markjoseph125 GoComics PRO Member said, about 4 years ago

    @Theodore Fish

    It does not bother us; you can believe whatever silliness you like—god(s), the tooth fairy, the invisible pink unicorn, bigfoot or even all of the above. As long as you live like a decent citizen, not trying to force our schools to teach nonsense instead of science, or turn our government into a neo-fascist theocracy, not only will we not complain about your beliefs; we will defend your right to hold them.

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