I posted this on the book of faces today, and I thought I’d copy it here where it’s a lot easier to link to without getting shouted at. Enjoy.
So, Michael A. Baron friended me today here, and my wife asked me if I was going to fanboy (the “embarrassingly” was implied.) I rolled my eyes at her but of course the answer is yes; I’ll try to keep it to one post. This is that post.
When I was a wee lad in the 70s, my mother bought me a comic — an issue of Marvel’s Greatest Comics, #57 maybe, reprinting a bit of the first Microverse story… anyway. That’s not the point, and Mike Baron had nothing to do with that, although maybe he’s read it. But it got me into comics as a kid, Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, things that weren’t the FF and Spider-Man… but when comics went 50c (I know!) I decided I was out. It was when Marvel had that big “Toys R Us Shopping Spree” banner thingy across the top, so… 1980, I think? And that was that. I was 11, I had no income, and 50c was too rich for my blood.
Skip forward several more years, and I’m sitting at my brother’s place (he’s like 10 years older than me) and he shows me some issues of a new comic, The Badger. “Aha, this is where Mike Baron comes in, right?” you ask. Right. Anyway, I definitely remember issue 8 being one of them, maybe a few more around that, plus a Nexus issue with him as part of the Bowl Shaped World story. All 1985 stuff or thereabouts, so now I’m old enough to have some money in hand and a car to get to the book store since you can’t get ‘em in the convenience store like I used to, and I’m back in. Just The Badger, though, I tell myself. Then I get into Peter David’s start on the Hulk partly because Todd McFarlane’s rendition of the Hulk is like nothing I’d ever seen, and then of course Nexus (speaking of art like I’d never seen!) and then and then… there was a time after college where I was spending $50 a week on comics, I think.
Sadly, I don’t have my complete collection of Badger comics any more; I sold them to a buddy because I seriously needed the money and I knew that at least that way they stayed together. Sometime thereafter I sold ALL of my long boxes of comics and so it goes.
But every once in a while, I still call someone Larry (not just Larry Young), and every once in a while I say Klacktoveedesteen or Vootie, and every once in a while I remember the long-running Champions campaign at my brother’s house where I played… Nexus. (And I look uncomfortably like Ham now, come to think of it…)
Also, his Flash and Punisher runs were righteous and I read them, too. Nice to FB you, Mister Baron, and I promise this is the only one of these.
Regarding your recent Science v. Religion post--why does the bible have such status & not some other book?
That’s a complicated question to answer and not one I will be able to answer with scientific rigor — of course, that’s part of my point. The short, unsatisfying answer is “because I find that I am compelled to view it as the Word of God.” The long, also unsatisfying answer is a mixture of conviction based on study of its contents, emotional resonance from the same, the weight of history, the opinions of people I trust, and probably things I even more unsatisfyingly can’t easily put a name to.
It would be much easier to make some sort of argument along the lines of prophetic accuracy or literary consistency but to be honest those boil down to arguments about whether or not you believe in the first place the asserted origins (that is, if the Old Testament largely only dates back to a couple of hundred years BC, it’s hard to make appeals to its prophetic content about things that happened before that — note that I’m not saying I agree with dating it to that period, I’m saying that’s what the argument then becomes.) Also, frankly, I find many such arguments a little facile. I’m not really into apologetics for these reasons.
So my answer is: I believe the status of the Bible is due to its nature, and thus its status is part of what compels my believes concerning that nature. (That may sound circular on a quick read, but it wasn’t.) I have changed a few times throughout my life my thoughts on how it applies to me, but honestly I don’t think I’ve ever thought it just another literary work. Obviously, that’s not something everyone agrees with.
R. Francis Smith, born Norman, OK;
son of Robyn Wallace, born Atlanta, GA;
daughter of Frank Wallace, born ?GA?;
son of Daisie Carlile, born Bartow County, GA;
daughter of Samuel “SJY” Carlile, born GA;
son of Francis Carlile, born Abbeville District, SC;
son of James Carlile, born County Monaghan, Ireland.
So that’s how much Irish I know myself to be, anyway. (Thanks to cousin Sue who I believe did the actual work finding our link to the family.)
Periodically my brain overflows with religion v. science argument on the Internet and I am obliged to write something brief like this:
If my understanding of science and my understand of the Bible appear to be in conflict, I do not believe this proves science is wrong (much less deliberately misleading in an attempt to undermine my beliefs.)
If my understanding of science and my understand of the Bible appear to be in conflict, I do not believe this proves my religious beliefs are wrong (much less anti-science or backwards or anti-intellectual.)
If my understanding of science and my understand of the Bible appear to be in conflict, I believe my understanding of one or both is wrong, or at least incomplete, limited, imperfect. Which of course it is anyway.
Egos left at the door. Science and religion should be united in that, at least.
Do people actually use Tumblr as their primary blog, not just for, well, tumblelogging? Is that fighting against Tumblr’s intent so hard it’s pointless? What I’m saying is that Livejournal is pretty dusty and I don’t want to host my own software for various reasons and so I’m casting about a bit.
Also, if I did blog here, I wonder, should I do a separate tumblr for it (albeit under this account)?
Do I actually have anything to say? Do I care that there’s no decent comments system?
On Monday it was the second anniversary of my subscription drive. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has subscribed to Scary Go Round. Your donation, big or small, goes back into the comic. As a result of the donations last year, I was able to do many bonus or bigger comics…
“I’ve read Asimov, Heinlein and Clarke, but also Harry Potter, the Belgariad, and Lord of the Rings. I dig Spider-Man and also Green Arrow. I’m a member of the SCA and my first date with my wife of 24 years was a medieval fair and there’s a photo of me in Klingon makeup at a comics Defense Con. I’m religious and I grew up on AD&D. I’m telling you right now that there’s room for all the peoples of earth in my life and that’s as it should be.”—me, actually, on a post where ordinarily excellent fans of X were dumping on fans of Y as happens sometimes I fear
The most important thing is that we need to be a party that is inclusive and tolerant. We can be those things and be the party we always have been. We need to think about the environment - Teddy Roosevelt was a great environmentalist and people forget Reagan was the one who dealt with the ozone layer with the Montreal protocol. We also need to talk about healthcare honestly - Nixon almost passed universal healthcare. We need to have an talk about immigration and realize you can’t just deport people. We need a comprehensive answer. We also need to stay out of people’s bedrooms. The party that is for small government shouldn’t be over-reaching into people’s private lives.
Mainly, we need to be a party where people know what we are for, not just what we are against.
”—Arnold Schwarzenegger answering the question “What are your thoughts on the current state of the Republican party?” on an IAmA on Reddit today