Review: RELIGION: Ruining Everything Since 4004 BC

RELIGION: Ruining Everything Since 4004 BC by Zach Weinersmith

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I’m generally a fan of Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal (the source of these comics) and even though I would identify myself as a Christian, I’m not one of those easily-offended, book-banning types. I found lots of the jokes in here funny, even the ones a more self-serious person would find blasphemous. But all collected together, some of the jokes get a bit repetitious. There are several “why do good things happen to bad people” comics, a few “are you in heaven or in hell?” comics, and at least 2 “do animals go to heaven” comics. Weinersmith does also find some humor in Zen Buddhism, but even some of those are repetitious in theme. I think, really, it’s more the case that there aren’t really enough jokes to tell about religion to create a whole book without repeating yourself. (Even my review is starting to repeat itself!)

So, if you have gotten this far in my review, the takeaways are:
– Not quite as funny as the science book
– If you’re ok with blasphemy there are some funny jokes in here, including some that might make you think a bit
– A bit repetitious

Same author, funnier, and also about religion: The Holy Bible: Abridged Beyond the Point of Usefulness

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