the cartoon that started it all

"Bully the Question" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

“Bully the Question” cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

I drew and posted this cartoon five years ago!

And what did this lead to? Many, many more cartoons addressing the issue of certainty, doubt, and questions… as well as the silencing, abuse, and bullying of those who ask them.

And what did this lead to? My newest book that you can order now, Questions Are The Answer: nakedpastor and the search for understanding.

I’m very excited about it because I feel it is going to be a very helpful book for those of you who are asking questions. Maybe they’re silent right now. But you’re asking them. You’re doubting. You’re wondering. My hope is that this book is going to shed light on your journey. I tell you my story and how questioning lead to a very real, tangible peace of mind that has never gone away.

There are some who don’t like the book because it doesn’t promote the evangelical, orthodox position. In fact, it challenges it simply by allowing people to question it. The establishment doesn’t appreciate challenges. It suppresses questions. It punished doubt.

So please get the book! Give yourself a gift. Or, give it for a friend or family member who is going through a time of questioning. Or give it to someone who is having difficulty understanding where you are in your questioning. This will open their eyes for you.

If you want a great community where you are free to ask your questions out loud and progress along your own path, then I strongly encourage you to join us at The Lasting Supper! You will grow to appreciate the space you’re given to ponder, and you will grow to love the people there too. Check us out!


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2 Responses

  1. Caryn LeMur says:

    Five years! Wow! Amazed! It looks like I’ve been commenting on your site since Oct 2012…. sorry I missed those first 2 years!

    And your cartoon is so true! When someone has a religious question, there seems to be an internal need to quiet the question… and perhaps an external force (as in the institutional church or even family/relatives), as well.

    Questions are not always welcomed. But without questions and dialog, there is so little depth.

    I have found a technique that works for me: after the other party has had a day or two of venting, I then ask them for a ‘constructive criticism.’ I become receptive to questions; and ask them to join me in dialog.

    That is, we think ‘in the gray’, and not in ‘black and white’ terms. I search for any good thing that should be incorporated (into my life, business, etc.) from their reasoning; and they likewise search within my reasoning.

    It is then a picture of question marks shaking hands with question marks, so to speak. Neither side claims to have all the answers. The insults and degrading language are reduced to a minimum… the pokes and jabs vanish… and finally, we hear each other.

    We may never agree, but at least I can articulate their concerns, and gain some insight into their driving motives. I can take a bit from their ideas – and change.

    We both grow more mature, more filled with joy, and able to see the world from more world-views.

    But again, five years! And, a book (or two) to boot! Congrats!

    Cheers! Caryn

  2. Actually, this is my 5th book! Wow! And I like your perspective Caryn.