So I spent some time over the extended every-religion-you-can-shake-a-stick-at’s holy season getting caught up on the webcomic at Russell’s Teapot. The name of the website from a quote by Bertrand Russell:
If I were to suggest that between the Earth and Mars there is a china teapot revolving about the sun in an elliptical orbit, nobody would be able to disprove my assertion provided I were careful to add that the teapot is too small to be revealed even by our most powerful telescopes. But if I were to go on to say that, since my assertion cannot be disproved, it is intolerable presumption on the part of human reason to doubt it, I should rightly be thought to be talking nonsense. If, however, the existence of such a teapot were affirmed in ancient books, taught as the sacred truth every Sunday, and instilled into the minds of children at school, hesitation to believe in its existence would become a mark of eccentricity and entitle the doubter to the attentions of the psychiatrist in an enlightened age or of the Inquisitor in an earlier time.
… so it’s not a surprise that the site is generally oriented to those who are (shall we say) unconvinced by theistic philosophies. Just as unsurprising, the webcomic features Jesus as a main character. Much like Shabot 6000, the focus at Russell’s Teapot is on what Binkley would have called the sneaky inconsistencies (and outright idiocies) inherent in religion(s). Okay, a lot of it probably counts as the same sort of impertinent questions that got me smacked back in Sunday school, but even the faithful (with a sense of humor) ought to enjoy the issues raised.
The art is the same sort of deceptively simple (yet expressive) stick figures that you find in strips like Order of the Stick. Curiously, following the navigation from “Start” to “End” results in strips that are progressively less polished and wobblier; given the focus on religion, an archive navigation that moves forward by reverting back to ever older and more primitive material makes for a surprisingly subtle commentary on rational thought. Either that, or they use the buttons in a sense that’s backwards from the usual convention.
Of note, the creator of the webcomic (and the contributor(s) to the other sections) is not named, so I can’t tell you even if it’s a he or she that’s drawin’ the doodles. In any case, new comics on Monday, pretty brief archive, and worth a look.