A Serrated Edge: A Brief Defense of Biblical Satire and Trinitarian Skylarking

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Canon Press & Book Service, 2003 - Religion - 121 pages
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Satire is a kind of preaching. Satire pervades Scripture. Satire treats the foibles of sinners with a less than perfect tenderness. But if a Christian employs satire today, he is almost immediately called to account for his "unbiblical" behavior. Yet Scripture shows that the central point of some religious controversies is to give offense. When Christ was confronted with ecclesiastical obstinacy and other forms of arrogance, he showed us a godly pattern for giving offense. In every controversy godliness and wisdom (or the lack of them) are to be determined by careful appeal to the Scriptures and not the fact of people having taken offense. Perhaps they ought to have taken offense, and perhaps someone ought to have endeavored to give it.
 

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User Review  - bbrown6 - LibraryThing

Wilson does a solid job of washing away notions of polite religious discourse, and defends the role of satire with almost boundless examples from Scripture. Many will be uncomfortable with Wilson's ... Read full review

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User Review  - taterzngravy - LibraryThing

This book is endeavors to give us "a godly pattern for giving offence, but it is also about consistently interpreting the Bible even (or especially) if it disagrees with current habits of piety. This ... Read full review

Contents

Satiric Bite
11
The Meaning of Arrogance
19
The Satire of Jesus
29
Old Testament Satire and Jabs
47
The Language of Paul
59
Dearlybelovedism
67
ModEvism
73
Spurgeon the Magnificent
81
Objections
89
The Goal of Giving Offense
97
Apathetic Sanctity
107
Tender Mercies
111
Seductive Disrespect
117
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Douglas Wilson is senior pastor at Christ Church in Moscow, Idaho, and senior fellow of theology at New Saint Andrews College. He writes widely on theology, culture, education, and family life in such books as Reforming Marriage, Future Men, and Fidelity. Visit DougWils.com

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