Saturday, June 2, 2012

Jokes

Does Philippians 4:8 preclude telling the joke about the guy who remembered where he left his bike when he heard the sixth commandment recited? True enough, adultery is no joking matter, but sometimes jokes can be fairly good illustrations of the nature of man. Is this a good enough reason to permit telling such a joke? If not a joke, what about a story, a painting, an opera, a parable?

1 comment:

ECStoddard said...

I wonder if the difference is that one chooses to attend an opera or read a book at least reasonably aware of their probable themes or contents, whereas jokes take one unawares? The very nature of a joke is the surprise ending, and the listener finds he has assented to hear something which, had he known the direction in which the joke was going, he may not have chosen to hear? Just wondering.