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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For them paradoxes are meaningless propositions , and their lack of meaning arises from a careless use of language . ... says Waismann , " does not consist in giving an answer to them , but in not letting them arise .
Exceptions arise and are quickly integrated into the system through modifications in it . ... At that point the possibility arises of explaining the data already accumulated within the system as well as the new material by means of ...
new systems arise after the explanatory capabilities of the old ones have been exhausted . This is the secular paradigm I have been trying to elucidate . I must now proceed to show that the same mechanism is at work in the act of faith ...
... conflicts tend to arise . An example , for me , was St. Paul's comments in / Corinthians 1 : 18-31 , where he maintained passionately a belief that Jews and Greeks considered foolish — namely , that God became human in Jesus .
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