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Religion

  • By: Vassilis Saroglou
  • In: Encyclopedia of Humor Studies
  • Edited by: Salvatore Attardo
  • Subject:General Media, Communication & Cultural Studies, Sociology of Culture

Religion and humor have holistic tendencies. Religion’s ideal is to have an impact on many if not all aspects of human life, especially those that are important for the self. Humor intends to play with all domains of human activity and life in general, and it is stronger when it plays with important human concerns. In this entry, the complex relations between religion and humor are described. These include how religion sees humor, how humor works within religion, and how humor uses religion as a target. Finally, recent psychological studies have shed some light on the complex links between (a) religion or individual differences in religiosity and (b) humor or individual differences in sense of humor.

Religion’s Attitudes on Humor

Religious attitudes toward humor vary greatly across ...

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