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The stories in Chick tracts often follow a set formula:
 
The stories in Chick tracts often follow a set formula:
 
# Setting the stage: the characters and situation are introduced. The situation involves the central theme of the comic.
 
# Setting the stage: the characters and situation are introduced. The situation involves the central theme of the comic.
# Exposition: a narrator character explains why another character is mistaken or wrong, and/or explains [[God]]'s plan of salvation.
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# Exposition: a narrator character explains why another character is mistaken or wrong, and/or explains [[God]]'s plan of salvation, with many references to the [[Bible]].
 
# Repentance and/or damnation: one common ending has a main character die; he or she appears before God to be judged, and is condemned to [[Hell]]. In another common ending, one of the main characters turns to [[Jesus]] and is saved.
 
# Repentance and/or damnation: one common ending has a main character die; he or she appears before God to be judged, and is condemned to [[Hell]]. In another common ending, one of the main characters turns to [[Jesus]] and is saved.
  
The last page of each comic says:
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==Last Page==
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The last page of each comic is always the same.  It says:
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: THE BIBLE SAYS THERE'S ONLY ONE WAY TO HEAVEN!
 
: THE BIBLE SAYS THERE'S ONLY ONE WAY TO HEAVEN!
  
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* [[Evolution]] (''[[Big Daddy? (Chick tract)|Big Daddy?]]'')
 
* [[Evolution]] (''[[Big Daddy? (Chick tract)|Big Daddy?]]'')
 
* [[Homosexuality]] (''[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/1052/1052_01.asp Birds and the Bees]'')
 
* [[Homosexuality]] (''[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/1052/1052_01.asp Birds and the Bees]'')
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* The importance of [[faith]] and the insufficiency of good works (''[[Gun Slinger (Chick Tract)]]|Gun Slinger)
 
* [[Islam]] (''[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/1031/1031_01.asp Men of Peace?]'')
 
* [[Islam]] (''[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/1031/1031_01.asp Men of Peace?]'')
  
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Chick tracts have clearly-defined "good guys" and "bad guys". "Good guys" are inevitably handsome, and "bad guys" are always unattractive, often cartoonishly so.
 
Chick tracts have clearly-defined "good guys" and "bad guys". "Good guys" are inevitably handsome, and "bad guys" are always unattractive, often cartoonishly so.
 
==Trivia==
 
The anti-evolution tract ''Big Daddy?'' has undergone at least two editions. [[Kent Hovind]] collaborated with Chick on the second edition, and is still credited in the current version.
 
  
 
==External Links==
 
==External Links==

Revision as of 16:39, 21 August 2006

A popular Chick tract

Jack T. Chick is a cartoonist and evangelist best known for his "Chick tracts," small booklets that use comics to evangelize. Many atheists enjoy Chick tracts for their campiness.

The stories in Chick tracts often follow a set formula:

  1. Setting the stage: the characters and situation are introduced. The situation involves the central theme of the comic.
  2. Exposition: a narrator character explains why another character is mistaken or wrong, and/or explains God's plan of salvation, with many references to the Bible.
  3. Repentance and/or damnation: one common ending has a main character die; he or she appears before God to be judged, and is condemned to Hell. In another common ending, one of the main characters turns to Jesus and is saved.

Last Page

The last page of each comic is always the same. It says:

THE BIBLE SAYS THERE'S ONLY ONE WAY TO HEAVEN!
Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." John 14:6
NOBODY ELSE CAN SAVE YOU. TRUST JESUS TODAY!
"That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved." Rom. 10:9
1. Admit you are a sinner. See Romans 3:10
2. Be willing to turn from sin (repent). See Acts 17:30
3. Believe that Jesus Christ died for you, was buried and rose from the dead. See Rom. 10:9-10
4. Through prayer, invite Jesus into your life to become your personal Saviour. See Rom. 10:13
WHAT TO PRAY
Dear God, I am a sinner and need forgiveness. I believe that Jesus Christ shed His precious blood and died for my sin. I am willing to turn from sin. I now invite Christ to come into my heart and life as my personal Saviour.
Did you accept Jesus Christ as your own personal Saviour? ( ) Yes ( ) No Date_____
If you trusted Jesus as your Saviour, you have just begun a wonderful new life with Him. Now:
1. Read your bible (KJV) every day to get to know Jesus Christ better.
2. Talk to God in prayer every day.
3. Be baptized, worship, fellowship, and serve with other Christians in a church where Christ is preached and the Bible is the final authority.
4. Tell others about Jesus Christ.

Recurring Themes

Certain themes appear over and over in Chick tracts, including:

The main argument Chick uses, practically to the exclusion of all others, is avoidance of hell.

Chick tracts have clearly-defined "good guys" and "bad guys". "Good guys" are inevitably handsome, and "bad guys" are always unattractive, often cartoonishly so.

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