Solving the problem of evil in the twenty-first century

God Makes Snakes

Cartoonists have a gift for seeing the world from a view askew; maybe none more than Gary Larson, creator of the comic The Far Side. With a gift for the perverse Larson would often employ classical tropes, and give them a twist that satirized not only subject matter but modern cultural society. In the above comic we have western depiction of God. Old white man in the clouds with white hair, what you imagine a Republican looks like.  Except here we have a lazy God. A stab at the classical all knowing, powerful, and meddling God of Puritan America, this depiction cast him as a lazy oaf. Excited about an easy day at the office, just rolling some clay and making snakes.  A God like this is just thankful he doesn’t have to deal with witch trials or plagues right now and that’s understandable. He’s been working six days a week for 5000 years.



4 responses

  1. I think the reason he is choosing to make snakes is that this cartoon might be referencing Paradise Lost. In the falling of mankind in Paradise Lost, Satan used the snake (or serpent) to disguise himself while tempting Eve. This cartoon might be making a statement about how God created the snakes too, so it was easy to create something that would tempt man into performing an act against God.

    April 26, 2011 at 3:27 pm

  2. nickmehendale

    I think this cartoon is much more simple than that. I think here we have a God that is similar to man in many ways. He has the ability to feel boredom. Something that, in the classical view of God, he was not allowed to feel. It’s as though Larson is giving God the freedom to feel some of the same things as man.

    April 27, 2011 at 9:23 am

  3. Akshata

    I like how instead of just pointing out the simple theme of the cartoon you chose to go deeper: that the cartoon is a depiction of a laid-back God rather than one who is always on his feet, even though it can also mean that it was God’s plan to put Satan in the Garden of Eden the whole time.

    May 11, 2011 at 10:15 pm

  4. jlai1226

    I love how Larson often leaves his comics simple enough to leave enough room for the reader’s imagination to fill in some blanks. To me, it is sort of like a chemist mindlessly pouring chemicals together that results in a lab explosion. God is just mindlessly creating snakes just because its simple but little does he know the drastic and complicated problems that they will further create.

    May 12, 2011 at 7:38 pm

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