Jul 8, 2011

Atheism addressed in a comic book published by Marvel!

I am alone. I look at the heavens and think them empty. And if not empty, I find the idea of worshipping whatever dwells there obscene.

(source: Beta Ray Bill: The Green of Eden)

In but 3 panels and with little dialogue, it summarizes not only atheism — including the idea that, even if something existed, to automatically worship that something would be nothing but a cowardly and loathsome way of grovelling –, but also humanism — that one should do “good” not because one fears punishment or desires a reward, but because it’s the right thing to do, because this universe is, as far as we know, the only one we’ve got, and, if we can influence it in some way, let it be a good way.
And all of this in a mainstream comic from a major publisher (Marvel). This is not something that happens every day.

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