The second panel is rather telling here, I think, because of the way Tim looks upwards when rejecting the Bible, as if not actually denouncing the existence of God, but merely rebelling against him (the significance of this wasn’t intentional on my part, but it is revealing nonetheless). In a lot of ways, the modern atheist/agnostic movements are a well-deserved backlash against the established religions, and the fact that they have a logical underpinning is rather incidental, to be honest, and usually only applied after the initial act of rebellion. The psychology here is kind of complex, but keep in mind that religions are just exaggerated human dominance hierarchies, so rebelling against a “god” is essentially the same as rebelling against a really powerful tribal chieftain who doesn’t treat his tribe very nicely. It is only now, thanks to modern advances, that this rebellion can finally take place, because we no longer rely on the chieftain for protection and other survival needs. And of course, this also explains why there are those who are afraid to let go of such a powerful ally, even if he doesn’t treat them properly… and, yeah, even if he doesn’t even exist at all.