Jesus Laughed: The Redemptive Power of Humor  -     By: Robert Darden
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Jesus Laughed: The Redemptive Power of Humor

Abingdon Press / 2008 / Paperback

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 144
Vendor: Abingdon Press
Publication Date: 2008
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0687644542
ISBN-13: 9780687644544
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“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.

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Robert Darden is Associate Professor of Journalism at Baylor University in Waco, Texas where he also runs the Black Gospel Music Restoration Project. He served for twelve years as Gospel Music Editor for Billboard magazine, and since 1988 has been Senior Editor of The Wittenburg Door, the worlds oldest, largest, and pretty much only religious satire magazine. He has been featured on National Public Radio and authored more than twenty-five books on a wide array of subjects, from football to David Koresh, including Reluctant Prophets and Clueless Disciples, published by Abingdon Press, and the definitive People Get Ready! A New History of Black Gospel Music.

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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.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

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