Faith Humor and Paradox

CONCLUSION "Humor" comes from the Latin word meaning moisture (Greek
hygros), and referred at one time to the fluids within us which, it was thought,
made us phlegmatic, choleric, sanguine, or melancholic. The word, therefore,
carried ...

Author: Ignacio L. Götz

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780275978952

Category: Religion

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Götz proposes that there is no opposition between faith and humor, belief and laughter. To argue this point, he shows how both the structure of faith and that of humor are the same, and this structure is paradox. Paradox, which is well known in the secular realms of mathematics and philosophy, is explored, first, in detail, and then he shows how faith and humor, both, are paradoxical in nature. The result is that there is no real opposition between faith and humor. The tragic and the comic are sisters, as Aristotle saw in antiquity. 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.

Beating Cancer with Faith Optimism and Humor

Most importantly, I managed to finish my first year of intensive chemo treatment,
and I knew that from the day I was diagnosed, until my last day on earth, I would
fight leukemia with faith, optimism, and good humor. However, this first year was
 ...

Author: Fabiana Da Silva

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 1483492958

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 326

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Fabiana Da Silva had been living and teaching in the United States for only few years when she met the prince she had been searching for her entire life. After they married on May 4, 2013, they shared beautiful moments for seven months until the day Fabiana received a shocking diagnosis. She had leukemia. In a heartwarming retelling, Fabiana leads others chronologically through her life in the days before the diagnosis as she excitedly prepared for a trip to Brazil, through her symptoms that ultimately steered her to a diagnosis, her treatments and their impact on her marriage, and her positive outlook through it all. As she candidly brings each moment to life, Fabiana encourages others to keep their faith, hope, and humor during their own health challenges so that they, too, can live in the present and embrace every moment, good or bad.

Humor Us

Also instructive is Reinhold Niebuhr's essay on humor and faith.8 For him, humor
has a place in religion, but it is rather circumscribed and marginal. He notes that
the “intimate relation between humor and faith is derived from the fact that both ...

Author: Donald Capps

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 149829037X

Category: Religion

Page: 194

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This book addresses the fact that Americans tend to live under a considerable amount of stress, tension, and anxiety, and suggests that humor can be helpful in alleviating their distress. It posits that humor is a useful placebo in this regard; cites studies that show that humor moderates life stress; considers the relationship of religion and humor, especially as means to alleviate anxiety; proposes that Jesus had a sense of humor; suggests that his parable of the Laborers in the Vineyard has humorous implications for the relief of occupational stress; explores the relationship of gossip and humor; and suggests that Jesus and his disciples were a joking community. It concludes that Jesus viewed the kingdom of God as a worry-free existence.

Treasury of Wisdom Wit and Humor Odd Comparisons and Proverbs

LINK BETWEEN GOD AND MAN . shall yield no meat ; the flock shall be cut
Religion is the true Philosophy ! off from the fold , and there shall be no herd Faith
is the last great link ' twixt God and in the stalls ; yet I will rejoice in the Lord . man
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Treasury of Wisdom Wit and Humor Odd Comparisons and Proverbs

LINK BETWEEN GOD AND MAN . shall yield no meat ; the flock shall be cut
Religion is the true Philosophy ! off from the fold , and there shall be no herd Faith
is the last great link ' twixt God and in the stalls ; yet I will rejoice in the Lord . man
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Author: Adam Woolbever (comp.)

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Category: Quotations, English

Page: 527

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Treasury of Wisdom Wit and Humor Odd Comparisons and Proverbs

Faith is the last great link 'twixt God and man. Bigg. Modes of. For modes of faith
let graceless zealots fight, His can't be wrong whose life is in the right. Pope.
Pencil of the Soul. Faith is the pencil of the soul That pictures heavenly things.

Author: Adam Wooléver

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Category: Quotations, English

Page: 527

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Josh Billings Wit and Humor

FAITH . FAITH iz the rite bower ov Hope . If it want for faith , thare would be no
living in this world . We couldn ' t even eat hash with enny safety , if it want for
faith . Human knowledge is very short , and don ' t reach but a little ways , and
even ...

Author: Josh Billings

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Category: American wit and humor

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Using the Power of Humor

Abraham must have thought the idea was humorous . How can a man 100 years
old , and his wife who is 90 years old , have a child ? When they had a child , they
named him Isaac , which means laughter . Faith , on the other hand , is an ...

Author: Forrest Wheeler

Publisher: BestSeller Books

ISBN: 9780975540725

Category: Self-Help

Page: 177

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Using the Power of Humor offers the practical applications of humor in every day life. Forrest Wheeler opens new and exciting ways to empower the reader by connecting humor to: Health ad Healing Education and Learning Increased Productivity

Thinking the Faith with Passion

When Robert F. Kennedy projected the possibility that Martin Luther King, Jr.
might someday be President, his brother John said: “But do you think the country
is ready for a Baptist?” Part of what is meant by a sense of humor is the capacity,
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Author: Paul L. Holmer

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1621893642

Category: Religion

Page: 374

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In his teaching and his writing, Paul L. Holmer (1916-2004), Professor of Philosophy at the University of Minnesota (1946-1960) and Noah Porter Professor of Philosophical Theology at Yale Divinity School (1960-1987), made many important contributions to recent American theology. One of the most insightful American students of Kierkegaard of his generation, Holmer perceived early on Wittgenstein's importance for theology, and employed both thinkers to inspire his own fresh consideration of perennial issues in philosophical theology: understanding, belief, faith, the emotions, and the importance of the virtues. While best known for his essays in The Grammar of Faith (1978), Holmer penned numerous other interesting and original essays, some published but many unpublished, which circulated widely in typescript during his tenure at Yale. Following his death, the Holmer family in 2005 donated his papers to the Yale Divinity School Library; in reviewing Holmer's papers, the editors have chosen a selection of his most seminal essays, beyond those in The Grammar of Faith, demonstrating the breadth and range of his contributions. In this, the second volume of The Paul L. Holmer Papers, the editors present pieces that illuminate four significant areas of Holmer's contributions: essays on Kierkegaard; essays on Wittgenstein; Theology, Understanding, and Faith; and Emotions, Passions, and Virtues. Taken together, these essays invite in-depth exploration of the thought of this important American philosophical theologian. This is the second volume of The Paul L. Holmer Papers, which includes also volume 1, On Kierkegaard and Truth: Selected Essays, and volume 3, Communicating the Faith Indirectly: Selected Sermons, Addresses, and Prayers.

Faith Humor

"The stories, aphorisms, anecdotes, dialogues and adventures in this volume comprise an encyclopedia of modern Russian Orthodoxy, and thereby of Russian life .

Author: Maĭi͡a Kucherskai͡a

Publisher: Russian Information Services

ISBN: 9781880100639

Category: Fiction

Page: 267

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"The stories, aphorisms, anecdotes, dialogues and adventures in this volume comprise an encyclopedia of modern Russian Orthodoxy, and thereby of Russian life ... Author Maya Kucherskaya artfully mixes fact and fiction, myth and history to offer a compelling, loving picture of a world of faith that is often impenetrable to outsiders. In so doing, she gives readers a key to understanding the mysterious Russian Soul"--P. [4] of cover.

It Happened In Church

is an entrance into the world of humor and pointed reflections of the church
combining the human side with the Holy. You will laugh and, in many ... And
when combined with faith, humor can become a lifesustaining element. Studies
have even ...

Author: Patti Webster

Publisher: Kensington Books

ISBN: 0758264712

Category: Humor

Page: 272

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Laughter Happens. Even in Church. Quiet reflection and prayer aren't the only things that happen at religious services. As preachers and the faithful can tell you, some of life's funniest moments pop up in the place least expected--church! It Happened in Church: Stories of Humor from the Pulpit to the Pews brings together a collection of these most laugh-worthy accounts. From a churchgoer doing the limbo under a velvet rope to get to his pew, to congregation members stumbling blindly back to their seats after a preacher stomped on their glasses (you have to believe in the miracle of healing for it to work!), these stories will both tickle the funny bone and inspire the soul. Gathered from the friends, family, and personal experiences of Patti Webster, a third generation Christian leader, each story is topped off with scripture and reflection. You'll also find comic breaks and anecdotes from your favorite celebrities. As the stories show, humor really does have the power to heal and to teach. It Happened in Church is sure to bring both fits of laughter and bouts of clarity.

House of Faith or Enchanted Forest

Maybe God does have a sense of humor after all—a sort of dark humor, but
certainly not slapstick. Take Adam and Eve in the Garden, for example. God
places them there in a state of innocence and tells them “Enjoy! But don't eat the
fruit of ...

Author: Charles W. Hedrick

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1630874310

Category: Religion

Page: 116

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Since the Renaissance of the 14th through 17th centuries, and particularly since the Enlightenment of the 18th century, the ancient creeds of faith have been under serious fire, and the struggle has not gone well for popular religion in America. The rapid advances made by the physical sciences in the 19th and 20th centuries and the corresponding reliance on scientific accomplishments in American life have been matched by the growing influence of reason in the way Americans think about religion. Except for pockets of resistance, these developments have negatively influenced the practical role of traditional religion in American life. These essays-published over a twenty-year period as newspaper editorials addressed to the general public-confront popular beliefs and morals with the challenge of human reason. At issue in this meeting of faith and reason is nothing less than the nature of religion in the twenty-first century. Will faith embrace reason to create a House where both dwell in harmony or will faith ignore the claims of reason and continue to live in an Enchanted Forest? Each essay, written in the practical language of the streets, attempts to dialogue with the general reader and gently provoke critical thinking on sensitive issues of belief.

Comic Relief

Roberts, Robert C. “Sense of Humor as a Christian Virtue,” Faith and Philosophy
7 (1990): 177–92. Roberts, Robert C. “Smiling with God: Reflections on
Christianity and the Psychology of Humor,” Faith and Philosophy 4 (1987): 168–
75.

Author: John Morreall

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1444358294

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 208

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Comic Relief: A Comprehensive Philosophy of Humor develops an inclusive theory that integrates psychological, aesthetic, and ethical issues relating to humor Offers an enlightening and accessible foray into the serious business of humor Reveals how standard theories of humor fail to explain its true nature and actually support traditional prejudices against humor as being antisocial, irrational, and foolish Argues that humor’s benefits overlap significantly with those of philosophy Includes a foreword by Robert Mankoff, Cartoon Editor of The New Yorker

Laughter in a Time of Turmoil

He told jokes in part of his sermon, and sensed he was being shunned afterward
for doing so. If a faithful theology of laughter avoids both extremes, where is the
balance? In an essay, “Humor and Faith,” Reinhold Niebuhr, one of the greatest ...

Author: Richard P. Olson

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1621892026

Category: Religion

Page: 196

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Here's a different angle on humor--it can be a spiritual practice, an expression of a theology of joy, hope, and grace. Humor is so valuable, for it offers self-care, healing, and renewal, precious gifts in times of pressure and tension. Olson begins by telling of three unforgettable friends who lived their lives with joy and zest--a practice that opened doors and aided their own sense of well-being. Playfully, he continues by exploring the known benefits of humor. Next considered is the amazing variety of humor in the Bible, a basic theology of a laughing God, and the caring ethic of humor that emerges from this theology. Finally, there is a discussion of how this practice of humor enriches worship, caregiving, and administration. Laughter in a Time of Turmoil draws to a close considering spiritual disciplines/practices and why humor belongs among these practices. Suggestions are then offered on how to grow in this spiritual practice. Discussion questions are provided for each chapter to help groups enjoy their conversations about the book. This book will help you think and laugh, or laugh and think (take your pick) and then be on your way rejoicing.

Cyclopedia of Wit and Humor

He smiles ; some happy “ Faith , it ' s true for you ! ” said the man , getting thought
has crossed him . Suddenly he looks up - up and taking a seat near him ; “ but
how the divle wards to the sky , with an expression of wild joy - ye came know it ...

Author: WIlliam E. Burton

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The Cyclop dia of Wit and Humor

He smiles ; some happy “ Faith , it's true for you ! ” said the man , getting thought
has crossed him . Suddenly he looks up up and taking a seat near him ; “ but how
the divle wards to the sky , with an expression of wild joy , ye came know it ...

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The Cyclopaedia of Wit and Humor Containing Choice and Characteristic Selections from the Writings of the Most Eminent Humorists of America Ireland Scotland and England

He smiles ; some happy “ Faith , it ' s true for you ! " said the man , getting thought
has crossed him . Suddenly he looks up - up and taking a seat near him ; “ but
how the divle wards to the sky , with an expression of wild joy - / ye came know it
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Author: William Evans Burton

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The Library of Wit and Humor Prose and Poetry

Sirrah , do I owe you a thousand How now , lad ? is the wind in that door , pound
? i ' faith l - must we all march ? Fal . A thousand pound , Hal ? a million : Bard .
Yea , two and two , Newgate fashion . thy love is worth a million ; thou owest me ...

Author: Ainsworth Rand Spofford

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Wit and Humor of the Parson

faith , and it therefore follows , that the witty priest of today is in good , catholic
company , and withal has for bis comfort the most certain war . rant of holy
Scripture . Once more let us listen to the great Augus . tine who says : “ Who
would say ...

Author: Frank James Mallett

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Category: Clergy

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Every Woman in Her Humor

Fian ! Faith I dare not venture on him for fearchce should te rotten : give me
nature , not arte . Tere . Here comes Lord Leninlus . Tul . Swife danger now ride
poaste through this paf{ age , h « alth to yoishoncur . Len . And happines to you .
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