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Overview "Agony and hilarity," said Norman MacLean, "are both necessary for salvation." We Christians seem to know a lot about the agony part, but what about hilarity? Why do we have to remind ourselves so often that the Bible is full of funny and ridiculous stories and situations? Why do so few of the pictures we've drawn of Jesus show him laughing? Because we've forgotten the redemptive power of humor, that's why. In Jesus Laughed, Robert Darden-senior editor of The Wittenburg Door, the world's oldest, largest, and pretty much only religious satire magazine-draws on his years of experience deflating religious pomposity and making the faithful laugh to show why humor is so central to the faith, and how to make it a big part of your daily walk with God.
Agony and hilarity, said Norman MacLean, are both necessary for salvation. We Christians seem to know a lot about the agony part, but what about hilarity? Why do we have to remind ourselves so often that the Bible is full of funny and ridiculous stories and situations? Why do so few of the pictures we ve drawn of Jesus show him laughing? Because we ve forgotten the redemptive power of humor, that s why. In Jesus Laughed, Robert Darden senior editor of The Wittenburg Door, the world s oldest, largest, and pretty much only religious satire magazine draws on his years of experience deflating religious pomposity and making the faithful laugh to show why humor is so central to the faith, and how to make it a big part of your daily walk with God.
Click here to listen to Terri Gross's interview with Robert Darden on NPR's Fresh Air about the Black Gospel Music Restoration Project. Darden runs the project at Baylor University where he is a journalism professor. The purpose of the project is to identify, acquire, preserve, record, and catalogue the most at-risk music from the black gospel music tradition, primarily between 1945 and 1970.
Robert Darden is Associate Professor of Journalism at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. He served for 12 years as Gospel Music Editor for Billboard magazine, and since 1988 has been Senior Editor of The Wittenburg Door, the world s oldest, largest, and pretty much only religious satire magazine. He is the author of more than 25 books, including the definitive People Get Ready A New History of Black Gospel Music, which has been featured on National Public Radio, and Reluctant Prophets and Clueless Disciples, also published by Abingdon Press."
From Publishers Weekly Senior editor of The Wittenburg Door for 20 years, the periodical that describes itself as "the world's pretty much only religious humor and satire magazine," Baylor journalism professor Darden knows something about wit. Combining passion for humor and his scholarly sensibilities, his new offering is and isn't a laughing matter. In an often breezy style, this historical, biblical, philological and psychological treatise is "a call to reclaim Holy Laughter for the church." Darden examines the ingredients of humor and ferrets out what's funny in scripture. After documenting how the Church lost its sense of humor, he champions the reasons "the redeemed ought to look more like it." Darden's reach is broad, embracing first-rate thinkers and writers such as Karl Barth, Elton Trueblood, C.S. Lewis, Annie Dillard and Anne Lamott, whose idea that "laughter is carbonated holiness" much captures his fancy. Insisting that a vital part of the human spirit needs to be brought to center stage within and without the walls of the Church, Darden maintains, "I believe with all my heart that God laughs and plays." Quoting Mark Lowry to bolster his case, Darden hammers home his point with "What healthy father doesn't love to hear his children laugh?" Clergy and laity should find reasons to rejoice in this important, timely book. (Sept.)
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Studio: Abingdon Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.7" Width: 5.9" Height: 0.4" Weight: 0.56 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2008
Publisher Abingdon Church Supplies
ISBN 0687644542 ISBN13 9780687644544
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More About Robert Darden
Robert Darden is Associate Professor of Journalism, Public Relations, and New Media at Baylor University. He is a former gospel music editor for Billboard magazine.
Robert Darden currently resides in Waco, in the state of Texas.
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As always, Robert Darden makes me laugh and think about my faith Dec 16, 2008
As I was reading Robert Darden's insightful historical analysis of holy laughter, I caught a glimpse of Mike Yaconelli dancing in heaven with a twinkle in his eye and a rubber chicken on his head. I know `Jesus laughed' and rescued me from many a dark night of the soul, for Mike and Robert taught me so.