At the risk of spoiling things, a bit of explanation. Thomas Hobbes (1588–1679) was an English classicist, scientist, and political philosopher. He was a contemporary of many of the early Reformed orthodox writers and he capitalized on and corrupted the Reformed doctrine of the covenant of works. He read the fallen world back into the creational state or “the state of nature.” He was a materialist who rejected the Christian explanation of things but who capitalized on some Christian themes to his own end. Perhaps most famously he theorized that the natural state of humanity is a “war of all against all” and that, in the state of nature, life is “solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.” Thus, he theorized that there must be a powerful central government, a leviathan, as it were, to suppress the state of nature. More about Hobbes» The strip also alludes to my favorite comic strip, Calvin and Hobbes. —R. Scott Clark
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