Faith, Humor, and Paradox
Greenwood Publishing Group, 2002 - Всего страниц: 136
On the other side, Götz shows what happens when faith and humor depart from paradox: faith becomes dogmatic and fanatical, and humor becomes superficial and banal. Fanatical faith latches onto beliefs and dogmas rather than to the openness of paradox, and so it leads to terrorism against those who hold onto different beliefs. Götz also warns against an easy embrace of tolerance as the only alternative to fanaticism, because tolerance itself is imperfect and is often forced to accept evil. It should not, Götz argues, be the sole solution inculcated in our schools. This is a thoughtful and provocative analysis that will be of interest to the general reader as well as scholars and students interested in the place of religion in contemporary society.
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Ignacio L. Götz. As soon as Christ went down into the water he came out laughing . The Gospel of Philip God deliver us from somber saints ! Saint Teresa of Ávila Contents Acknowledgments ix Introduction 1 1. The Nature of Paradox.
Introduction We live in a secular age , an age whose gods dwell in the marketplace , whose messengers are shining machines that sow destruction from the heights of the empyrean or from the depths lorded over by Leviathan .
Writing on April 30 , 1944 , Dietrich Bonhoeffer asked , " How do we speak of God without religion , i.e. , without the temporally - influenced presuppositions of metaphysics , inwardness , and so on ? How do we speak ... in a secular ...
Their land was clean and acceptable to God . They were pure and forgiven . Their bread was an emblem of God's kingdom . As their enthusiasm for Jesus ' banquets increased , he worked less and less and feasted more .
... God solemnly told Abraham that he would have a child in his old age , and that his wife Sarah would therefore become ... the gods laughed uproariously when Hephaistos caught his wife Aphrodite in bed with Ares ; 3 0 and a maid from ...