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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And , wonder of wonders , this same paradoxicality is at the root of religious faith and of humor . " PARADOX + SPIRIT = FAITH In one of his books , Spirit and Existence , Michael Gelven writes that " to be spiritual means to think of ...
THE TEN OXHERDING PICTURES The connection of spirit and humor is evident in other traditions . In all traditions recognizing the importance of enlightenment , self - analysis has led to the mapping of progress toward it .
The Fool , in other words , personifies the fanciful spirit that , according to Huizinga , plays " on the border - line between jest and earnest . ' Fools were different from buffoons , the comics who made a living entertaining the ...
THE TRICKSTER The vision of the monk , a holy man , prancing about delighted with his joke , calls to mind the " trickster , " the universal embodiment of the prankish spirit . These figures were mostly male , for we have lived in ...
6. Dietrich Bonhoeffer , Letters and Papers from Prison ( New York : Macmillan , 1962 ) , p . 164 . 7. Michael Gelven , Spirit and Existence ( Notre Dame , IN : University of Notre Dame Press , 1990 ) , p . 18 . 8. Ibid . , p . 24 . 9.