Paul the Fool of Christ

The book demonstrates that Paul participates fully in this tradition in his discourse about the folly of the word of the cross.

Paul  the Fool of Christ

Welborn argues that Paul's acceptance of the role of a 'fool', and his evaluation of the message of the cross as 'foolishness', are best understood against the background of the popular theatre and the fool's role in the mime. Welborn's investigation demonstrates that the term 'folly' (moria) was generally understood as a designation of the attitude and behaviour of a particular social type -û the lower class buffoon. As a source of amusement, these lower class types were widely represented on the stage in the vulgar and realistic comedy known as the mime. Paul's acceptance of the role of the fool mirrors the strategy of a number of intellectuals in the early Empire who exploited the paradoxical freedom that the role permitted for the utterance of a dangerous truth. Welborn locates Paul's exposition of the 'folly' of the message about the cross in a submerged intellectual tradition that connects Cynic philosophy, satire, and the mime. In this tradition, the world is viewed from the perspective of the poor, the dishonoured, the outsiders. The hero of this tradition is the 'wise fool,' who, in grotesque disguise, is allowed to utter critical truths about authority. The book demonstrates that Paul participates fully in this tradition in his discourse about the folly of the word of the cross. The major components of Paul's argument in 1 Corinthians 1-4 find their closest analogies in the tradition that valorizes Socrates, Aesop, and the mimic fool. JSNTS 293 and ECC

Der Narr in Christo

Der Narr in Christo


Holy Fools in Byzantium and Beyond

Saints such as Basil overturn the conventional concept of sainthood - what, we may ask, is saintly about them? This book aims to solve the mystery by exploring the figure of the holy fool in Byzantium and in later Russianhistory.

Holy Fools in Byzantium and Beyond

The image of St Basil's Cathedral in Moscow's Red Square is a familar Russian landmark. Yet few people know what made Basil so famous. He was a saint who wandered about naked, bullied passers-by, brawled in the market-place, and once even smashed a revered icon. Saints such as Basil overturn the conventional concept of sainthood - what, we may ask, is saintly about them? This book aims to solve the mystery by exploring the figure of the holy fool in Byzantium and in later Russianhistory.

Jesus the Fool

And he finds him. . . . Saintly fools prefer life out in the open in the secular world, intentionally make themselves conspicuous, and consistently defy rules set by society. Frost directs our minds and hearts to the greater story of Jesus.

Jesus the Fool

"One who is strengthened by God professes himself to be an utter fool by human standards, because he despises the wisdom men strive for."--Thomas Aquinas "Go and do likewise. . . ."--Luke 10:37 Missiologist Michael Frost is looking for the real Jesus--the man who didn't care what people thought, worked on the Sabbath, touched the unclean, ate with sinners, and generally contradicted what was acceptable to the leadership of his day. He's searching for the Jesus who embodies all the characteristics of the ancient tradition of the holy foolish paradigm as described and commended by Paul, the church fathers, and the medieval saints. And he finds him. . . . Saintly fools prefer life out in the open in the secular world, intentionally make themselves conspicuous, and consistently defy rules set by society. Frost directs our minds and hearts to the greater story of Jesus. He reminds us that following the Savior is rarely safe--and that Christ will continue to redraw our blueprint of what's right and what's righteous; and will persist in calling us to take the alternative, dangerous, ridiculous road walked by wise fools down through the centuries of the church. A much-needed and longed-for challenge to emergent, contemporary, and traditional gatherings and churches alike.

The Fool in Christ Emanuel Quint

"On a Sunday morning in the month of May, Emanuel Quint arose from his bed on the floor of his father's little hut.

The Fool in Christ  Emanuel Quint

"On a Sunday morning in the month of May, Emanuel Quint arose from his bed on the floor of his father's little hut. He washed himself outside at the stone trough in clear water from a mountain spring, holding his hollowed hands under the crystal jet that flowed from a de cayed, moss-grown wooden spout. During the night he had scarcely slept, and now, without waking the family or taking anything to eat, he started off in the direction of Reichenbach. An old woman coming toward him on a path through the fields stopped short when she caught sight of him from afar. For the swinging stride with which Emanuel walked and his remarkably dignified bearing contrasted strangely with his bare feet, bare head, and the poverty of his garments."--excerpt

Fools for Christ Who Are You a Fool For

Inside this book, David Hairabedian reveals how everyone is really foolish in some way for what they believe in. 1Corinthians 4:10 says, "We are fools for Christ's sake, but you are wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are strong!

Fools for Christ  Who Are You a Fool For

"Who's fool are you?" is a thought-provoking question. Are you a Fool for Christ's sake, or a fool for the world? Inside this book, David Hairabedian reveals how everyone is really foolish in some way for what they believe in. 1Corinthians 4:10 says, "We are fools for Christ's sake, but you are wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are strong! You are distinguished, but we are dishonored!" This book reveals the spiritual litmus test of whom we serve with our time, talents, gifts, energy and finances. Both choices result in rewards, both present and eternal. Playing the long game is the way to go. A must read for those who want to win in the big game of life!

Jesus the Holy Fool

Richly written, Jesus the Holy Fool combines diverse images from religious traditions, world literature, Jungian archetype, and Scripture. Weaving the best theology and spirituality, Jesus the Holy Fool is a fresh and inviting Christology.

Jesus the Holy Fool

Richly written, Jesus the Holy Fool combines diverse images from religious traditions, world literature, Jungian archetype, and Scripture. Weaving the best theology and spirituality, Jesus the Holy Fool is a fresh and inviting Christology. The Scriptures tell us that religious leaders thought Jesus was "possessed," and his own family thought he was "crazy." In his open table fellowship, choice of followers, radical passion, and his death and resurrection, Jesus was willing to appear as a fool for the sake of God's reign. His teachings--especially the parables, paradoxes, and the beatitudes--advocate a way of life that is grounded in Holy Foolishness. Through an archetypal examination of the fool motif as it applies to Jesus in the Gospels, Jesus the Holy Fool develops the connections between holiness and folly. Offering new insights into Christology and exploring its practical pastoral ramifications, Jesus the Holy Fool presents Holy Foolishness as a paradigm for the Christian journey and as a new model of what it means for us to be church.

Perfect Fools

This title, by John Saward, explores foolishness and fools in Catholic and Orthodox spirituality.

Perfect Fools

This title, by John Saward, explores foolishness and fools in Catholic and Orthodox spirituality.

Fool for Christ

In a crucial period between the World Wars, Woodsworth helped define the character of the modern Canadian, non-Marxist Left and of many of Canada's important economic and social institutions.

Fool for Christ

In a crucial period between the World Wars, Woodsworth helped define the character of the modern Canadian, non-Marxist Left and of many of Canada's important economic and social institutions.

The Gospel According to Jerry

The testimony of this book reaffirms the original New Testament witness, that the Christians separation from the world is so radical that in the eyes of the unbaptized worldling he is quite literally out of his mind (Acts 26:24).

The Gospel According to Jerry

The testimony of this book reaffirms the original New Testament witness, that the Christian’s separation from the world is so radical that in the eyes of the unbaptized worldling he is quite literally out of his mind (Acts 26:24). Paul’s description of the Christian gospel as “folly” (1 Cor. 1:18) therefore is seen to be no mere literary device but a deep penetration to the root of the Christian’s alienation from the world. The basic proclamation of that gospel__that God was in Christ, who died for our sins, rose from the grave, ascended into heaven and will some day return to judge both the living and the dead__is at best hard to believe (Mark 16:9-14), and at worst has been placed in the same category of delusional psychology of which those with experience in caring for the mentally ill can give numerous examples (Albert Schweitzer, The Psychiatric Study of Jesus). My own experience of the gospel, having run this gamut from best to worst, has been for me a brilliant illumination of the “depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God” (Rom. 11:33). I believe it cannot but result in enlightenment for others also, and therefore I publicly make this confession. ___from the author’s Foreword

The Fool in Christ

The Fool in Christ


The Fool in Christ Emanuel Quint a Novel

The Fool in Christ  Emanuel Quint  a Novel

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Adventures of a Fool for Christ

An epic and rollicking poem about the mysteries of faith, the foolishness of the world, and the wisdom of God, Adventures of a Fool for Christ will open your mind and heart to new ways of experiencing the presence of Jesus and appreciating ...

Adventures of a Fool for Christ

Following in the grand tradition of Alexander Pope and Jonathan Swift, author Jim Foreman employs satire and poetry to explore and illuminate one of the greatest-and most important-social issues of all time: the foolish wisdom of following Christ in today's world. Foreman introduces readers to his protagonist, Feathering. This modern-day fool for Christ begins his adventures by telling how God called him to share his faith through humor, directing Feathering to engage people and expose the many misinterpreted beliefs that undergird American society, all while unveiling Feathering's own foibles and presuppositions. Feathering encounters a wide range of characters, each one representing a major theme in American life. As he meets the commercialized rancor of a TV news anchor, the hypocrisies of the man of the cloth, the image-laden movie star, and the rule-imposing federal judge, Feathering engages each one with childlike questioning, emitting flashes of spontaneous insight and wonder. An epic and rollicking poem about the mysteries of faith, the foolishness of the world, and the wisdom of God, Adventures of a Fool for Christ will open your mind and heart to new ways of experiencing the presence of Jesus and appreciating the goodness of the Lord.

Hieroschemamonk Feofil

A life of this ascetic and visionary of the Kiev Caves Lavra. Considered by some to be the model for the character of the holy fool in the popular Russian film "Ostrov" (The Island).

Hieroschemamonk Feofil

A life of this ascetic and visionary of the Kiev Caves Lavra. Considered by some to be the model for the character of the holy fool in the popular Russian film "Ostrov" (The Island).

The Importance of Being Foolish

By reorienting our lives according to the gospel we may appear to be fools in the eyes of the world, but Manning reveals that this is exactly what Jesus wants.

The Importance of Being Foolish

In the eyes of the world, Jesus was a fool. He did not abide by the rules of his day; the people he associated with were shunned by society; his Sermon on the Mount reads likea primer on being left behind, stepped on, and ignored. In order for us to truly be the people Jesus wants us to be, we too must learn to become "foolish." Becoming a Christian is not a magical enterprise by which we are automatically transformed into better people. We must train to become who God intends us to be. In The Importance of Being Foolish, bestselling Christian author Brennan Manning teaches us how to think like Jesus. By reorienting our lives according to the gospel we may appear to be fools in the eyes of the world, but Manning reveals that this is exactly what Jesus wants. In a powerful exploration of the mind of Christ, Manning reveals how our obsession with security, pleasure, and power prevents us from living rich and meaningful lives. Our endless struggle to acquire money, good feelings, and prestige yields a rich harvest of worry, frustration, and resentment. Manning explores what Christ's mind was truly focused on: finding the Father, compassion for others, a heart of forgiveness, and the work of the kingdom. Coming from the gentle yet compelling voice of Brennan Manning, The Importance of Being Foolish is a refreshing reminder of the radical call of Jesus and the transforming love of God.