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For over two years, visitors to the Answers in Genesis website have enjoyed a laugh (and received biblically sound teaching) on Mondays when a new After Eden debuts. Today, we’re celebrating the 100th After Eden cartoon!
Dan Lietha, the talent behind After Eden (and many of the other visual aids Answers in Genesis uses) began working for AiG on a part-time basis in 1995. Two years later, he joined the AiG staff full-time.
In the summer of 1999, Dan, who had been illustrating a monthly cartoon (Creation Wise) for the Answers Update over the past several years, began thinking about doing a web-based weekly cartoon. He wanted to provide an entertaining way to illustrate the creation/gospel message and draw readers to the AiG website, so that they could find answers to many of the questions facing today’s Christian.
After rejecting several ideas, he landed on “After Eden” as the name for his new cartoon feature as it succinctly orients the reader to its premise—dealing with life after Adam sinned (although a few have featured Adam and Eve in their “pre-Fall” state, too!). After Eden premiered (left) in January 2000.
Dan compares After Eden and CreationWise, “CreationWise is my meaty, hit-the-reader-between-the-eyes, ‘sermon’ cartoon. After Eden is the entertaining ‘candy’ cartoon that still has nutritional value!”
Some have criticized the use of cartoons by a ministry with a serious, scriptural message. To these critics, Dan responds:
The purpose of After Eden (or any of my images) is not to make fun of, be disrespectful of, or mock the biblical truths they portray (although I realize there are many irreverent and unconscionable cartoons in circulation). My heart as a Christian cartoonist is to convey a biblical message in a humorous way, perhaps causing people to say, “Hmm, I never thought about it that way before.”
Cartoons can be very successful communication tools and we find in the AiG ministry that they sometimes reach people faster than words alone. The Bible itself commends laughter (Proverbs 15:13, 15, 17:22; Job 8:21; Psalm 126:2).
The response to After Eden (which consistently ranks in the top ten pages viewed on the Answers in Genesis website) has been overwhelmingly positive, as the following representative comments show:
From church bulletins in America to sermons on Genesis in New Zealand, the Lord continues to use After Eden to drive home the truth that we truly live “After Eden.” Dan concludes, “God has been most gracious in allowing me to make my living by creating tools that cause viewers to be confronted with the truth in His Word.”
We trust you will continue to enjoy After Eden in the months and years ahead.