Implicit Religion, Vol 7, No 2 (2004)

From Faith to Fun: The Role of Humor in a Secular World

Russell Heddendorf
Issued Date: 28 Mar 2007


The problem of paradox, which is important in Scripture and in modern life,

may be taken seriously or dismissed with humor. Humor may subvert faith in a

secularized society when it is used to interpret paradox. Fun, used as a euphemism,

is that form of humor which trivializes paradox with its interpretation.

As a world-view, fun functions as a religion when it brings order into a world of

disorder, and consistency to that which is inconsistent. The result is a culture of

fun which may distort our perception of the created world and our place in it.

Download Media

PDF (Price: £17.50 )

DOI: 10.1558/imre.


  • There are currently no refbacks.

Equinox Publishing Ltd - 415 The Workstation 15 Paternoster Row, Sheffield, S1 2BX United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 (0)114 221-0285 - Email:

Privacy Policy