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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Religion— Philosophy . 2. Religion - Humor . 3. Faith . 4. Paradox . I. Title . BL51.66854 2002 210 — dc21 2002029769 British Library Cataloguing in Publication Data is available . Copyright © 2002 by Ignacio L. Götz All rights reserved ...
... in a situation in which transcendence has been reduced to a rumor . " 5 Faith , which is risk before the mystery , is a mere dreamer's dream . How , then , could the case be made for the religious significance of humor ?
Writing on April 30 , 1944 , Dietrich Bonhoeffer asked , " How do we speak of God without religion , i.e. , without the temporally ... And , wonder of wonders , this same paradoxicality is at the root of religious faith and of humor .
THE LAUGHTER OF JESUS Secularists disdain talk about religious faith and the facile comedies of the day know nothing about gallows humor . A different kind of argument is usually raised by Christians who know little about the historical ...
25 HUMOR AND FAITH The intrusion of humor in religion has been chronicled even in secular settings . In his historical novel , The Devils of Loudun , Aldous Huxley comments how during the seventeenth century the efforts of the royals ...