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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... Gerald Ford — and the extant instructions for courtiers , from ancient times to the present , bear witness to the fact that great efforts were spent trying to prevent such amusing catastrophes . The comic cannot be denied .
Fools were different from buffoons , the comics who made a living entertaining the opulent , from ancient Greece to modern ... In the Baghdad of Harun al - Rashld ( ninth century ) , the comic Bahlul played this role to perfection .
relationship between the sacred and the comic , a relationship he terms dialectical ; because , he says , contrary to common prejudice , the sacred object or act requires not only the responses customarily associated with holy matters ...
Robert Burns , The Jolly Beggars , in The Harvard Classics , p . 125 . 39. M. Conrad Hyers , " The Dialectic of the Sacred and the Comic , " Cross Currents 19 ( Winter 1969 ) , p . 72 . 40. Ibid . 41. Lewis Hyde , Trickster Makes This ...
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