Cartoons and Satire in Religion

Cartoons have an interesting history. The earliest depiction of Christ on the cross is a cartoon (with caption) on a wall

The Greek caption beneath the drawing translates as
“Alexamenos worships [his] God.”

Martin Luther distributed pamphlets with cartoons of the Pope breaking wind. I distinctly remember seeing some rather obscene woodcuts used in the pamphlets of Martin Luther during the Reformation. I could not find any in Google but this link mentions Luther’s use of such illustrations in his “media campaign.”


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