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The Most Enjoyable of All Subjects Has to be God

May. 26, 2015By: Darren CarlsonAuthor Bio

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From the Introduction of Thomas Oden's The Living God:

Because of piety's penchant for taking itself too seriously, theology - more than literary, humanistic, and scientific studies - does well to nurture a modest, unguarded sense of comedy. Some comic sensibility is required to keep in due proportion the pompous pretensions of the study of divinity.

When the chips pile too high, I invite the kind of laughter that wells up not from cynicism about theology but from lightness about it. This comes from glimpsing the incongruity of humans thinking about God. I have often laughed at myself as these sentences went through their tortuous stages of formation; I ask you to look for the comic dimension of divinity that stalks every page.

The most enjoyable of all subjects has to be God, because God is the source of all joy. God has the first and last laugh. The least articulate of all disciples deserves something in between.

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