Laughter at the Foot of the Cross Paperback

by Michael Andrew Screech;

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Laughter at the Foot of the Cross

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"Christian laughter is a maze: you could easily get snarled up within it." So says Michael A. Screech in his note to readers preceding this collection of fifty-three elegant and pithy essays. As Screech reveals, the question of whether laughter is acceptable to the god of the Old and New Testaments is a dangerous one. But we are fortunate in our guide: drawing on his immense knowledge of the classics and of humanists like Erasmus and Rabelais - who used Plato and Aristotle to interpret the Gospels - and incorporating the thoughts of Aesop, Calvin, Lucian of Samosata, Luther, Socrates, and others, Screech shows that Renaissance thinkers revived ancient ideas about what inspires laughter and whether it could ever truly be innocent. As Screech argues, in the minds of Renaissance scholars, laughter was to be taken very seriously. Indeed, in an era obsessed with heresy and reform, this most human of abilities was no laughing matter.

Laughter at the Foot of the Cross by Michael Andrew Screech was published by The University of Chicago Press in April 2015. The ISBN for Laughter at the Foot of the Cross is 9780226245119.

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Details for Laughter at the Foot of the Cross

Page last updated 14th October 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherThe University of Chicago Press (April 2015)
Number of Pages352
Thickness23 mm
Height229 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code4319941
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