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Folly to Greeks

John Saward

in Perfect Fools

Published in print December 1980 | ISBN: 9780192132307
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191670046 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192132307.003.0001
Folly to Greeks

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This chapter discusses the Christian tradition of the holy fool, which began with the teaching and experience of the apostle Paul. He first used the phrase ‘fool for Christ's sake’, and constantly alluded to the theme of holy folly, in the midst of his turbulent relationship with the Christians at Corinth. He was constantly accused of being mad and his preaching of the resurrection was mocked by the wise men of Athens.

Keywords: Christianity; holy fool; Christ; St Paul; holy folly; spirituality

Chapter.  4481 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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