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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... Clubs of Yale and Brown Universities in 1896 , William James felt he had to justify the human right to believe , that is , to assent beyond the boundaries of logic and empirical evidence — such was the temper of the times .
It is a way of showing , where the secular mind least expects it , that however rational they be , logic and mathematics end up being paradoxical , and that this paradoxicality is the very basis for the growth of science — it provides ...
This is the purpose of the excursion into the realms of logic and mathematics that will occupy Chapter 1 — to prepare the ground for an analysis of faith in Chapters 2 , 3 , 4 , and 5. It is thus an effort to begin with the prejudice of ...
We call them paradoxes ; that is , statements that move along the borders of logic , neither within it nor against it , but just on the periphery , as it were . The first thing to do is to inquire into the nature of these statements ...
Second , the passage to an ulterior dimension takes place as the logical possibilities of the system are explored in detail and exhausted . That thinking is essentially looking for open - endedness is an inescapable conclusion .