Religious humor page
by Pete Wyman
History shows us that neither dictatorial leaders nor religious zealots have a sense of humor. German Cardinal Walter Kasper decried the “stultifying” lack of humor and irritability” of the Church as a serious objection to Christianity. Other writers note the “grim” assessment of some aspects of the Protestant tradition. In the Middle Ages and Renaissance, humor about religion was widespread in literature. After the Reformation, controversies suppressed light-hearted humor. “Laughter is a gift from God, who wants us to enjoy ourselves, appreciate the absurdities of life, and not take ourselves so seriously.”
Mother Elaine noted that Humor Sunday was common in a few mainline Protestant churches. She often effectively uses humor in her sermons, and so we invite anyone to submit clean religious humor for our page by emailing it to our webmaster.