Doonesbury by Garry Trudeau

Doonesbury

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  1. barticle35

    barticle35 said, over 5 years ago

    He didn’t like that fig tree much, either.

  2. leftwingpatriot

    leftwingpatriot said, over 5 years ago

    He has always been in religion. Reverend Sloan has been around since the beginning of the Doonesbury strip

  3. DesultoryPhillipic

    DesultoryPhillipic said, over 5 years ago

    Told it like it was to the whited sepulchers and those who were of their father the devil also.

  4. pschearer

    pschearer GoComics PRO Member said, over 5 years ago

    Christianity is based on the doctrine that man is inherently flawed if not downright evil, and that the reward for a good life on this corrupt earth comes in a perfect afterlife after we die. So it is natural that those who “pile up riches on earth” rather than preparing for the next life are despised. Surely you’ve heard that “It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven”.

    These are just a few of the intertwined anti-reality, anti-happiness, anti-success, anti-man principles of the most consistent practitioners of Christianity. I still struggle to understand how anyone can believe this junk.

  5. Detrick

    Detrick GoComics PRO Member said, over 5 years ago

    One thing I like about Trudeau is that he can be specific to now and also be timeless.

  6. 3hourtour

    3hourtour GoComics PRO Member said, over 5 years ago

    Ha….jesus done right…great strip..

  7. IanThal

    IanThal said, over 5 years ago

    This particular strip perpetuates a misreading of the Bible.

    In the Tanakh, the Jewish Bible, which Christians refer to as “The Old Testament”, God can be “crabby and snarky” as Sam suggests, however, God is also portrayed as loving, forgiving, merciful, and nurturing as well. It all depends on what passages one stresses.

    By contrast, the God of the New Testament is the same God who condemns most of humanity to eternal damnation if they don’t accept Jesus as Christ– I’m not certain that it’s fair to say, in Sam’s words, that “It’s about love.”

    This misreading of scripture has been used for many centuries to excuse, and even promote, Christian contempt for and hostility towards Jews and Judaism. Rev. Sloan, who has been presented as a progressive since his first appearances, should have corrected Sam’s misreading (or even questioned if he’s been giving her and his other congregants the wrong message.)

  8. coreyjan

    coreyjan GoComics PRO Member said, over 5 years ago

    Thank you, Ian - you just said what I was about to type.

  9. plus4

    plus4 said, over 5 years ago

    << Christianity is based on the doctrine that man is inherently flawed if not downright evil… I still struggle to understand how anyone can believe this junk. >>

    I don’t see why it’s hard to believe that man is inherently flawed, or that there’s evil in seeking riches only for yourself without regard to others.

    Christianity makes lots of sense of the real world, but because it rubs people’s pride the wrong way (something the Bible admits openly, BTW) people often work at making it not look like it makes sense.

  10. Elizabeth Reshower

    Elizabeth Reshower said, over 5 years ago

    Leave all of it out but the words of Jesus, and there you will find what true Christianity is. Self-serving “doctrine” (doctoring) has been plastered over the meaning and the message. Xtianity is now known to most people as only a power-play by the political powers that be, who are, of course, the moneylenders themselves.

  11. plus4

    plus4 said, over 5 years ago

    Regarding the “anti-happiness, anti-success” accusation: In the real world, the happiest people are those that have inner peace & hope regardless of what happens to them. And the most miserable are those who have everything the world has to offer, but nothing else; and they don’t know where else to look.

  12. pibfan868

    pibfan868 said, over 5 years ago

    I firmly believe that every day, we–all humanity–make or break heaven and hell right here on earth. If we ever really get it that what happens to one happens to all, the world will be a really different place.

  13. Doctor Toon

    Doctor Toon GoComics PRO Member said, over 5 years ago

    Does anyone have an ‘original copy’ of the Bible? No.

    The Canon of what we now consider the Bible was decided by the Counsel of Nicea more than 3 centuries after Jesus. The books which comprise the Bible have been re-translated/re-written multiple times over the past 2 millenia. Humankind has liberally added doctrine and dogma to the mix.

    Who can say what the faith of Christianity would be today without the interference of power and politics?

  14. Nick V

    Nick V said, over 5 years ago

    Messianic Jews.

  15. Nairebis

    Nairebis said, over 5 years ago

    People hate moneylenders because the lenders expect people to pay back the money they borrow. People always hate others who expect them to be responsible.

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