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iApprove: After Eden.

March 8, 2009

I’m going to do something really weird and approve a religious comic.

But After Eden is a little different from most religious comics (at least those of the Jack Chick variety).  In its effort to provide provocative, “zing-!” points against its enemies (evolution and skepticism) it does two things – reveal a lot of the sillinesses inherent in Biblical beliefs, and provide a shocking window into some of the things that Christians have convinced themselves are okay.

It’s a funny thing, really.  Back when I was a kid, I was told that Christians were the good, pure-minded people and that everyone else was deluded/had talked themselves into believing that bad things were good.  Looking back, I find a lot of those more fundamental beliefs positively horrifying.  For instance…

We’re all being punished because of a sin committed over 6,000 years ago by people we don’t even know and are only distantly related to.

And again.

Creationists accept every form of science except paleontology.

If they criticize your claims, it means you’re wrong.  If you criticize their claims, it means they’re right.

Humans are evil, smelly, sinful little monsters.

And again.

It also contains some strips that perform an amazing feat: no matter whether you read them as a creationist or a skeptic, they will confirm what you believe.  There’s a feat I can really get behind.

See more comics at http://answersingenesis.org/aftereden/view.aspx?id=27

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