History Comicbook / ChickTracts

29th Sep '16 12:29:19 PM Morgenthaler
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* {{Hellevator}}: Apparently operated by JosephStalin, wearing a HazmatSuit.

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* {{Hellevator}}: Apparently operated by JosephStalin, UsefulNotes/JosephStalin, wearing a HazmatSuit.
21st Sep '16 8:47:56 AM TheKaizerreich
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''Chick Tracts'' are short evangelical comic books that primarily exist in the form of very small printed albums - small enough to easily fit into a wallet. However, most of the tracts are also available for free at their home website [[http://www.chick.com Chick.com.]] The author calls himself Jack Thomas Chick. This may or may not be a pseudonym.

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''Chick Tracts'' are short short, evangelical comic books that primarily exist in the form of very small printed albums - small enough to easily fit into a wallet. However, most of the tracts are also available for free at their home website [[http://www.chick.com Chick.com.]] The author calls himself Jack Thomas Chick. This may or may not be a pseudonym.



Villains in these stories are demons or misguided mortals. Demons range from [[EldritchAbomination Cthulhuish monstrosities]] that make the heroes facing them come across as epic fantasy heroes, to silly little imps that are mostly PlayedForLaughs. Mortal villains are very likely to make a HeelFaithTurn due to EasyEvangelism. Those who do not invariably end up in Hell. And so does everyone else, [[ValuesDissonance including those who are kind and selfless]]. Only a very particular kind of evangelical Christian gets to avoid eternal torture; everyone else is doomed no matter what. The tracts are all set in the same world (and thus have a lot of recurring characters). A world very different from what most people, including most Christians, are used to. In TheVerse of ''Chick Tracts'':

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Villains in these stories are demons or misguided mortals. Demons range from [[EldritchAbomination Cthulhuish monstrosities]] that make the heroes facing them come across as epic fantasy heroes, to silly little imps that are mostly PlayedForLaughs. Mortal villains are very likely to make a HeelFaithTurn due to EasyEvangelism. Those who do not convert invariably end up in Hell. And Hell and so does everyone else, [[ValuesDissonance including those who are kind and selfless]]. Only a very particular kind of evangelical Christian gets to avoid eternal torture; everyone else is doomed no matter what. The tracts are all set in the same world (and thus have a lot of recurring characters). A world very different from RealLife and what most people, including most Christians, are used to. In TheVerse of ''Chick Tracts'':
16th Sep '16 8:53:50 AM Silverblade2
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* [[AllCrimesAreEqual All Sins Are Equal]]: Whether for murdering, stealing, or occasionally telling a small lie, you deserve to go to Hell if you don't accept Jesus-and conversely, you'll go to Heaven if you do.

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* [[AllCrimesAreEqual All Sins Are Equal]]: AllCrimesAreEqual: Whether for murdering, stealing, or occasionally telling a small lie, you deserve to go to Hell if you don't accept Jesus-and conversely, you'll go to Heaven if you do.



* [[StrawCharacter Strawman Political]]: He uses them frequently, [[StrawmanHasAPoint mostly with counter-productive results]].

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* [[StrawCharacter Strawman Political]]: StrawCharacter: He uses them frequently, [[StrawmanHasAPoint mostly with counter-productive results]].
31st Aug '16 4:47:41 AM longWriter
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* CaptainObvious: Jack Chick's [[http://www.chick.com/reading/comics/0112/albertoindex.asp "Alberto"]] found it necessary to fill the thing with [[StopHelpingMe helpful]] definitions of complex words, like "deacon", and "sacraments" and "Dominicans". And "deny", "documents", and "intense". And "stone". He seriously found it necessary to tell us all what a stone is. It turns out it's actually subverted, however: he fails to [[CriticalResearchFailure define stone correctly]].

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* CaptainObvious: Jack Chick's [[http://www.chick.com/reading/comics/0112/albertoindex.asp "Alberto"]] found it necessary to fill the thing with [[StopHelpingMe [[UnwantedAssistance helpful]] definitions of complex words, like "deacon", and "sacraments" and "Dominicans". And "deny", "documents", and "intense". And "stone". He seriously found it necessary to tell us all what a stone is. It turns out it's actually subverted, however: he fails to [[CriticalResearchFailure define stone correctly]].
29th Aug '16 9:08:02 PM PaulA
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* LongRunner: Chick has been writing and drawing tracts since the TheSeventies and is ''still'', at the age of 91, producing more.
28th Aug '16 11:22:54 PM redandready45
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Added DiffLines:

* CassandraTruth: In "Fat Cats", a priest informs his son-in-law that the revolutionary he intends to join will not only be as bad as the dictator his is fighting, but will kill him to secure his power. [[spoiler: The poor priest doesn't live to be proven right, as he is murdered by one of the revolutionary's advisors]].
28th Aug '16 10:36:31 PM Fireblood
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** While Constantine was obviously never a pope, pretty much every non Catholic Christian also rejects the idea that Peter was viewed by the early Church in any way similar to the modern conception of a Pope. The Apostles seem to have been viewed as a sort of collective authority in early Christian tradition, and the biblical book of Acts records an incident where Peter was corrected and essentially called a hypocrite at the Council of Jerusalem. On top of this Paul seems to have had more influence over the development of Christian Theology than Peter ever did
* AsTheGoodBookSays: Quoted very often--but only the King James Version. (All other translations are allegedly the work of {{Satan}} himself, with the help of a massive [[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0031/0031_01.asp Jesuit conspiracy]], you see.) Whether the quotes are presented with [[ItMakesSenseInContext due regard to context]] is another question.

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** While Constantine was obviously never a pope, pretty much every non Catholic Christian also rejects the idea that Peter was viewed by the early Church in any way similar to the modern conception of a Pope. The Apostles seem to have been viewed as a sort of collective authority in early Christian tradition, and the biblical book of Acts records an incident where Peter was corrected and essentially called a hypocrite at the Council of Jerusalem. On top of this Paul seems to have had more influence over the development of Christian Theology theology than Peter ever did
did, and they are recorded as openly disagreeing over theoogical issues.
* AsTheGoodBookSays: Quoted very often--but only the King James Version. (All Version (all other translations are allegedly the work of {{Satan}} himself, with the help of a massive [[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0031/0031_01.asp Jesuit conspiracy]], you see.) see). Whether the quotes are presented with [[ItMakesSenseInContext due regard to context]] is another question.



* AuthorTract: ...in fact, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Chick Tract]].

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* AuthorTract: ...in In fact, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Chick Tract]].



** Also the girl in First Bite, wards off (with Jesus's help of course) the vampire with zero effort, knocking him across the room.

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** Also the girl in First Bite, Bite wards off (with Jesus's help of course) the vampire with zero effort, knocking him across the room.



* BeggingTheQuestion: Many of the tracts use this. They're intended to convince people that believing in evolution/being homosexual/following Roman Catholicism/anything else the author doesn't like is bad, but the reasoning behind this goes: This person did X. X is bad. People who do bad things are are sent to hell. This person is being sent to hell. Therefore, X is bad.

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* BeggingTheQuestion: Many of the tracts use this. They're intended to convince people that believing in evolution/being homosexual/following Roman Catholicism/anything else the author doesn't like is bad, but the reasoning behind this goes: This this person did X. X is bad. People who do bad things are are sent to hell. This person is being sent to hell. Therefore, X is bad.



** It's frequently pointed out by riffers that despite His supposed omnipotence, Chick's interpretation of God actually appears to be bound by His own rules. God frequently mentions how much He hates having to send people to Hell, but nevertheless seems unable to make the qualifications for getting into Heaven more lenient.
* TheBlank: God

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** It's frequently pointed out by riffers that despite His supposed omnipotence, Chick's interpretation of God actually appears to be bound by His own rules. God frequently mentions how much He hates having to send people to Hell, but nevertheless seems unable to make the qualifications for getting into Heaven more lenient.
lenient. He's also presented as unable to save people directly without sending down Jesus as a sacrifice on their behalf, which also contradicts omnipotence.
* TheBlank: GodGod.



** In one tract, Jack rightly calls out the Jehovah's Witnesses on their absolute refusal to accept a blood transplant. In fact, the consequences of doing so are the driving plot of the tract. Don't worry, the [=JWs=] convert in time to get the transplant. But in another tract, the [[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0072/0072_01.asp Mad Machine]], Chick demonstrates an attitude towards modern psychology very similar to [[WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill Hank Hill]], and recommends that anybody who is having mental problems should simply pray to Jesus.

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** In one tract, Jack rightly calls out the Jehovah's Witnesses on their absolute refusal to accept a blood transplant.transfusion. In fact, the consequences of doing so are the driving plot of the tract. Don't worry, the [=JWs=] convert in time to get the transplant.transfusion. But in another tract, the [[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0072/0072_01.asp Mad Machine]], Chick demonstrates an attitude towards modern psychology very similar to [[WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill Hank Hill]], and recommends that anybody who is having mental problems should simply pray to Jesus.
28th Aug '16 10:24:27 PM Fireblood
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** In "Mad Machine," a father and a son go to a facility described to treat alcoholism. The father's told that he'll like it there, but he says that [[WhamLine his son is the patient]]

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** In "Mad Machine," a father and a son go to a facility described to treat alcoholism. The father's told that he'll like it there, but he says that [[WhamLine his son is the patient]]patient]].



* [[AllCrimesAreEqual All Sins Are Equal]]: Whether for murdering, stealing, or occasionally telling a small lie, you deserve to go to Hell if you don't accept Jesus--and conversely, you'll go to Heaven if you do.

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* [[AllCrimesAreEqual All Sins Are Equal]]: Whether for murdering, stealing, or occasionally telling a small lie, you deserve to go to Hell if you don't accept Jesus--and Jesus-and conversely, you'll go to Heaven if you do.



** The Eastern Orthodox church was finally mentioned in [[http://chick.com/reading/tracts/1077/1077_01.asp this]] tract where it was, insanely enough, portrayed in a positive light as having fought against the Roman Catholic church [[InsaneTrollLogic (after the Pope secretly created Islam to take Jerusalem from the Catholics there and give it to the Pope)]] and whom the Roman Catholic church waited nearly 1000 years to try and get revenge on using Communism... Yeah

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** The Eastern Orthodox church was finally mentioned in [[http://chick.com/reading/tracts/1077/1077_01.asp this]] tract where it was, insanely enough, portrayed in a positive light as having fought against the Roman Catholic church [[InsaneTrollLogic (after the Pope secretly created Islam to take Jerusalem from the Catholics there and give it to the Pope)]] and whom the Roman Catholic church waited nearly 1000 years to try and get revenge on using Communism... YeahYeah. This despite Eastern Orthodoxy being virtually identical with Catholicism theologically.
28th Aug '16 7:22:03 PM WillKeaton
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* CatsAreMean: Inverted - "[[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0025/0025_01.asp Trust Me]]" portrays dogs as mangy [[JerkAss jerkasses]], and cats as misplaced, innocent creatures, a kind of AnimalReactionShot AuthorAvatar EmpathicEnvironment.

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* CatsAreMean: Inverted - "[[http://www.[[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0025/0025_01.asp Trust Me]]" "Trust Me"]] portrays dogs as mangy [[JerkAss jerkasses]], and cats as misplaced, innocent creatures, a kind of AnimalReactionShot AuthorAvatar EmpathicEnvironment.
28th Aug '16 7:21:31 PM WillKeaton
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* ArtisticLicenseHistory: Among many other examples, the Roman emperor Constantine the Great, not Saint Peter, is said to have been the first Pope. There was, in fact, a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Constantine Pope Constantine]], but he was neither the first Pope nor the Emperor of the same name.

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* ArtisticLicenseHistory: Among many other examples, the Roman emperor Constantine the Great, not Saint Peter, is said to have been the first Pope. There was, in fact, a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Constantine Pope Constantine]], Constantine,]] but he was neither the first Pope nor the Emperor of the same name.
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