Humor and truth: Towards a Christian theology of laughter

DSpace/Manakin Repository

Humor and truth: Towards a Christian theology of laughter

Show full item record

Title: Humor and truth: Towards a Christian theology of laughter
Author: Theobald, David Nathanael
Advisor: Allison, Gregg R.
Abstract: This thesis explores the relationship between theology and laughter. It adopts the Superiority theory, confirmed through biblical and theological analyses. Chapter 1 discusses recent theologies of humor and outlines the occasion for the present one.

Chapter 2 begins with an historical review of the church's attitude towards laughter and discusses humor's relationship to major areas of theology.

Chapter 3 traces the development of the Superiority Theory and contends that much of our laughter is the ridiculing of a butt. Laughter performs a didactic function when it enforces a moral perspective by mocking deviants. Chapter 4 combs Scripture to confirm the theory.

Chapter 5 observes that because of competing perspectives, laughter must have an eschatological dimension. It concludes that Heaven will contain the sounds of joy and triumph, defeat and derision.

Chapter 6 discusses the implications for a postmodern context and makes application by affirming the role of humor in preaching.

Description: This item is only available to students and faculty of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. If you are not associated with SBTS, this dissertation may be purchased from http://disexpress.umi.com/dxweb or downloaded through ProQuest's Dissertation and Theses database if your institution subscribes to that service.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10392/438
Date: 2007-11-28

Files in this item

Files Size Format View
1455983.pdf 2.905Mb PDF Thumbnail

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show full item record

Search BDL


Advanced Search

Browse

My Account