Oils on canvas
20 x 18"
I expect this will earn me many enemies. I am an atheist. It's not a militant atheism. It's actually a small part of my philosophy. It makes me angry when some local politicians in my home town and all over the country deny permission to show the Nativity Scene or a cross on public grounds. The stories of all religions are wonderful. But in my mind it's fiction. I view it this way: God did not create man, man created God. In America we have a separation of church and state. Our founders were deists. They believed that God created man and the universe, but then stepped back to see how his creation performed, never interfering in man's work. Read The Godless Constitution: A Moral Defense of the Secular State (Paperback) by Isaac Kramnick and R. Laurence Moore.
So, if there is a God (and I cannot prove their isn't, no more than a believer can prove there is), the way the world is going today I see God as just laughing at his creation in a cruel and destrutive manner.
And please don't think that one can be moral only if he believes in a God. There are three values I hold as fundamental: Reason, Purpose, Self-esteem. And seven virtues: rationality, independence, integrity, honesty, justice, productiveness, pride.
A poem written about this painting by the poet Brian Faulkner:
"Show not His face, they said.
I picked a pen and drew His head.
"Blasphemer! Thou shalt die!"
I drew a tooth, I drew an eye.
"Thou now shalt go to Hell!"
God's shrieking face, I drew it well.