Although the title refers to divine mocking, this volume focuses primarily on the ways people mock one another around religious beliefs and practices. Tracing satire through the history of religious thought, professor and film producer Terry Lindvall locates each mocker on two scales: from humor to rage, and from ridicule to moral purpose.
This book will not shatter paradigms or destabilize worldviews. It will make readers think, and sometimes laugh, as they are introduced to (or fondly recall) the thought of Protagoras, Socrates, Aristotle, Augustine, Descartes, Pascal, and Kierkegaard. Groothuis, who teaches philosophy at Denver Seminary, is known as a Christian apologist.
Ägidius Zsifkokvics, a Roman Catholic bishop in Austria, is refusing to allow an anti-immigrant fence to be built on church property. The Austrian government is building a fence along its southern border to prevent immigrants from entering from Hungary, maintaining it is already overwhelmed with an influx of 90,000 immigrants last year. Part of the fence is projected to cross land owned by the Catholic Church. Bishop Zsifkokvics said he grew up with the iron curtain and remembers his relief when it came down. “A fence would be contrary to the spirit of the gospel and Pope Francis’s clear message to Europe,” he said. The church’s refusal means there will be a gap in the fence (Telegraph, April 22).