Class Warfare Blog

June 30, 2019

Artistic Licentiousness

I was reading a review of John Barton’s latest book, A History of the Bible, and was struck by the accompanying eye candy, namely the “The Garden of Eden with the Fall of Man” (1615) by Jan Brueghel and Rubens (I assume Peter Paul Rubens). Certain things draw the eye. Being a man I had to check out Eve’s boobs and whether Adam’s penis was on display (just for comparison purposes), but after that, a number of things were interesting.

The “serpent” (above Eve’s head) is portrayed without legs. How then could Yahweh strip him of that form of locomotion to require it to “. . . crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life.” Granted, he didn’t have to remove its legs to effect the curse (babies crawl and they have legs) but it seems that this is the case. The Bible doesn’t say “snake” which it could have, so “serpent” leaves us guessing a bit.

And, there are people who claim that the “serpent” was just Satan in disguise and . . . wait a minute, how could Yahweh be fooled by a disguise? And Satan was obviously not required to “crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life” as evidenced by the Book of Job, so were serpents unnecessarily cursed here?

Back to the painting.

Where are the fucking dinosaurs? The Answers in Genesis people are plenty pissed that Brueghel the Elder left out the dinosaurs. Oh, what . . . you say dinosaurs weren’t discovered until the 1800s and so there was no way Brueghel and Reuben could have painted them in the 1600s? All they had to go on was the Bible for information and the Bible doesn’t mention any fucking dinosaurs? Oh, that’s going to piss of the AIG people even more.

Any why was the forbidden fruit always figured as an apple. All indications were that it was a fig, but I guess they didn’t give a fig for Biblical accuracy, either.

And what happened to the lamb? There was supposed to be a lamb in the painting. It was last seen lying down with that lion. Wait a minute, that lion has a bit of a guilty look on its face, no? I wonder why they painted it that way?



  1. Don’t forget the forbidden fruit was imaginary fig. Im figuring out a plan right now how the Bible could be mostly true, and so could atheism. It’s what Christians want. Wouldn’t it get embarrassing defending it after age 9 or 10?

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    Comment by jim- — June 30, 2019 @ 8:20 am | Reply

    • Wow, could that plan be … God’s Plan?

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — June 30, 2019 @ 8:50 am | Reply

  2. It’s a way to get people happily herded without compromising the the machine. Atheism has to eventually be embraced by the church, so god did that too.

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    Comment by jim- — June 30, 2019 @ 9:00 am | Reply

  3. OK, I’ll bite then. So, um, er, you say this doG had a plan? Aha! Yes, I do seem to recall some sort of doG who had some sort of plan. Well, Dad insisting on me getting a good education threw the proverbial monkey wrench into that plan. Thank Dad for that! Oh and yes I do like dogs of most breeds, I still prefer cats as my top favorites. See, waay back in history cats were worshiped as gods in Egypt. Cats have never forgotten this.

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    Comment by Walter Kronkat — June 30, 2019 @ 5:06 pm | Reply

    • We ares till worshiping cats and dogs today. They get the best food (ours eats imported New Zealand lamb), the best medical care (if you don’t mind your balls being cut off), the best drinks, the best exercise plans. Damn, when I am reincarnated, I want to come back as a pampered American pet! (Another reason to dis Christianity, no reincarnation.)

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — July 1, 2019 @ 1:02 pm | Reply

      • I’m a little iffy on christianity not having reincarnation. Wasn’t Elijah supposed to come back and announce the messiah? And I’ve had christians tell me that John the Baptist was the return of Elijah. Wouldn’t that be reincarnation?


        Comment by Ubi Dubium — July 1, 2019 @ 1:59 pm | Reply

        • Not as an ordinary functioning of the religion. These are “miracles” aka violations of the natural order, rather than being art of the natural order as, sat, Buddhists believe.

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          Comment by Steve Ruis — July 1, 2019 @ 2:20 pm | Reply

          • I would agree. But I find it interesting that little bits of other religions seem to creep in here and there.


            Comment by Ubi Dubium — July 1, 2019 @ 4:51 pm | Reply

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