Although laughter has been chased out of sanctuaries and chapels throughout history, it has always had a sneaky presence among religious authors and thinkers. John Lawing and Terry Lindvall (who team-taught graduate courses in Humor and Satire at Regent University in the antediluvian age) celebrate some of the more famous and provocative characters who scribbled funny thoughts on religious subjects with a visual exhibition of select cartoons and lots of doggerel. The authors' task is to instruct and delight, to bring laughter back into holy places and to remind readers of the Divine gift of laughter that marks their miserable pilgrimages. Walking readers from the ancient Greece of Aristophanes to the ironic shores of Kierkegaard's Denmark, A Mirror for Fools playfully presents a motley cast who communicated their wit on the stage of Heaven. From the Hebrew prophet Isaiah to the French cleric Rabelais, from the Roman Catholic Sir Thomas More, a man for all seasons, to the coarse Reformation monk Martin Luther, this fellowship of laughing saints gather to mock and tease and whoop it up, all to the glory of God.
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About the Author
Terry Lindvall, PhD (University of Southern California) occupies the C S Lewis Chair of Communication and Christian Thought at Virginia Wesleyan College. He previously taught at the College of William and Mary, Duke University School of Divinity, and Regent University and has published seven books, such as Surprised by Laughter: The Comic World of C S Lewis, The Mother of All Laughter: Sarah and the Genesis of Comedy, and The Girl Who Couldn't Laugh (with his daughter Caroline).
John Lawing is Regent University Professor of Journalism emeritus and a national cartoonist and journalist who worked at Christianity Today for 20 years and has published in the New York Times, the Virginian-Pilot, and many other publications.