Tom the Dancing Bug by Ruben Bolling

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  1. Anthony 2816

    Anthony 2816 said, about 6 years ago

    JimJammer, perhaps if you were to actually read some of Hawking’s work, especially that on gravity, you wouldn’t think it nonsense.

    No, I take that back. You probably still would.

  2. Matt

    Matt GoComics PRO Member said, about 6 years ago

    A brief summary of the exchange a relative and I had after I was in the hospital:

    Relative: “As far as I’m concerned, it’s a miracle you’re okay.”

    Me: “But what about all the doctors and nurses who worked-”

    Relative: “MIR-A-CLE.”

  3. 3hourtour

    3hourtour GoComics PRO Member said, about 6 years ago

    ..I am not sure,but I don’t think Hawking exactly ‘believes’ the universe was ‘created’

  4. Wildcard24365

    Wildcard24365 said, about 6 years ago

    I have nothing to add to this, but I believe I share Bolling’s frustration with this…

  5. Kingoswald

    Kingoswald GoComics PRO Member said, about 6 years ago

    Of course, we now need to know who or what created God-Man …

  6. Anthony 2816

    Anthony 2816 said, about 6 years ago

    ^

    A well-known scientist (some say it was Bertrand Russell) once gave a public lecture on astronomy. He described how the Earth orbits around the sun and how the sun, in turn, orbits around the center of a vast collection of stars called our galaxy.

    At the end of the lecture, a little old lady at the back of the room got up and said: “What you have told us is rubbish. The world is really a flat plate supported on the back of a giant tortoise.”

    The scientist gave a superior smile before replying, “What is the tortoise standing on?”

    “You’re very clever, young man, very clever,” said the old lady. “But it’s turtles all the way down!”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turtlesallthewaydown

  7. Anthony 2816

    Anthony 2816 said, about 6 years ago

    Old book. Gotta read the latest for the latest.

    Regarding faith, one does not accept science on “faith”. One picks the most likely conclusions from the evidence. New evidence comes up – new conclusions.

    Big bang, or turtles all the way down?

  8. SameAsOldFfred

    SameAsOldFfred said, about 6 years ago

    Reminds me of an old joke: This guy keeps praying to God to help him win the lottery. After hearing many a fervent appeal, God finally replies with vexation: “It would help if you actually bought a ticket!”

  9. aircraft-engineer

    aircraft-engineer said, about 6 years ago

    sorry that many of you actually ascribe to the “myths and superstitions” department

    FACTS can be proven. “Faith” is a CROCK

  10. pschearer

    pschearer GoComics PRO Member said, about 6 years ago

    As one philosopher put it, faith is an icepick to the brain.

  11. fritzoid

    fritzoid GoComics PRO Member said, about 6 years ago

    “Even he has to have faith that what he has arrived at, in regards to his belief that the universe was created from “nothing”, takes faith because it is an unprovable point. Which is the way it will remain, because one of the main purposes of this earth life is to live by faith.”

    Cheap cop-out. A self-serving rationalization to congratulate yourself on your inability and/or refusal to indulge in critical thinking. God-Man gave us brains and senses, and expects us to disregard them and rely on faith instead?

    Sure, he that made us with such large discourse, Looking before and after, gave us not That capability and god-like reason To fust in us unused.

    There are limits to what is known at this point, but there are theories. Perhaps some of these theories will never be testable, because of our lack of sufficient instruments and laboratory environments (we may never really know what occurs beyond the event horizon of a Black Hole, because by their nature that’s impossible to observe at this point). But who knows what we may be able to learn 100 years from now? 500 years?

    “Faith” is fighting a desperate rear-guard campaign against the advances of science, both in theory and practice, and every new development, even as it raises new questions, sets the answers to the old ones farther and farther away from God-Man.

  12. Tommy1733

    Tommy1733 said, about 6 years ago

    “Faith is a crock”?! - this says much more about you and your sense of optimism than it does about the world. To me, even Hawking’s idea, if it begins to appear to be correct, still does not clobber God, because my concept of God is all about possibilities - the necessarily infinite variety of life, which must change constantly. So if we are saying the universe was born because it was possible, than where is the problem? Life evolved because it was possible? Again, where is the conflict? In the Bible there are countless stories of people finding God, then drifting away, then finding him again - in these stories the point is generally tht God makes it possible always for people to grow and have better lives. He explains how to do it, through showing and practicing love to each other. I mean, I love science, and yes it is true that in a literal reading many things in the Bible are improbable at best. But if read in the correct way, as part history, part guidance, part human experience and whatever else, the whole thing is just so rich and coherent and deep - it seems filled with Truth to me. No scientific discovery can change the way I feel about that. That is my faith - no problem with science - after all, to believe in science is to believe in many things we cannot see or experience directly, correct? An act of faith.

  13. keechum

    keechum said, about 6 years ago

    Human nature tends to worship the created and not the creater. In my 81 years I have been privileged to witness several “Miracles.” This is my wife’s story: My mother had cancer surgery in 1954. In 1956 she fell and broke her hip. Six months later she was back home and her life routine again became normal. That was until 1960 when she had a major heart attach. It should have been fatal, but it wasn’t. She was a survivalist, but she could no longer live at home by herself. After a lengthy hospital stay she moved in with our family in Evansville, Indiana. This made a family of five which included my husband and two young daughters.

    Now, however, she was a semi-invalid. She was subject to mood swings due to minor strokes , and limited mobility. This made raising a family of my own doubly hard. Understand, I have no regrets, but my nerves were often stressed what with leading a brownie troop and running to music lessons with my daughters.

    My mother lived with us for thirteen years, and as the time went by she became more and more depressed. Then on a cold January 2nd in 1974 she was making up her bed when she fell. Her second hip broke and in the fall the pin in her other hip gave way. She was rushed to the Deaconess Hospital emergency room. This was even doubly more serious because of her heart condition and that the doctor treating her had said previously that he had done all he could do for her.

    While she was being x-rayed, I walked a short distance down the hall to a Chapel to pray. On the alter a Bible was open to a psalm. The psalm said exactly what I needed. Then I prayed, “Lord, please take my mother home. She is so tired and I have heard her pray so often that she is ready. If she lives she will be totally bedfast since her heart won’t withstand another operation. I have done the best I could, but I just can’t do any more.”

    With that said, a arm was put around my shoulder, and a voice said, “Don’t worry anymore, she is no longer your responsibility, she’s my responsibility now.” I was alone in the Chapel, or was I? Oh, that psalm I read, I have yet to find it again, even after looking in several versions of the Bible. I will always believe it was Jesus Christ that comforted me that day, and when ever I think about it I can feel His arm around me.

    My wife is no radical anything..She is as down to earth as you will find. Yet, this happened. No God? Hah - don’t believe it.

  14. keechum

    keechum said, about 6 years ago

    Don’t believe it? Contact me at setapart@psci.net

  15. exkiodexian

    exkiodexian said, about 6 years ago

    keechum - I hate to burst your bubble, but your story doesn’t prove the existence of God. Maybe it does to you, but not to anyone else. It may make you feel better, but that’s about it.

    The Bible ages the earth to 6,000 years old, and that has been debunked for a long long time. Anyone who believes the earth is that old needs to be confined, for they are not able to think rationally. There’s no evidence outside the Bible that Jesus ever existed, although there are multiple references to other important figures of that time period.

    There’s no such thing as God. Jesus never existed. Those are the facts. That is final. This is all.

    Great cartoon!

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