A Theology of Mockery

If someone could to go back in time, find my younger self, and tell me that I would someday write a book titled, A Theology of Mockery, I’m quite sure I would have laughed without hesitation. The title itself might even seem odd to many, but I can assure the reader that this is an important subject; it is a scripturally deep subject; and it is a subject that our present generation desperately needs to consider, especially among those who profess faith in Christ.

In 2018 I wrote a book titled, Internet Inferno, in which I addressed the dangers of online media and how this medium of communication often lulls people into a false sense of license to revile others without inhibition or perceived consequence. At the time, I imagined that I could include a separate chapter (or appendix) dealing with this unique subject of mockery, but I soon realized that this peculiar topic required much more than a handful of pages within a small work. More recently I was reminded why this subject needs significant time and attention when I listened to Joe Rogan’s interview with the CEO of the Babylon Bee, Seth Dillon. As they were discussing the subject of criticism, jesting, and mockery, especially when dealing with matters like transgenderism, I was especially struck by Dillan’s confident assertion that Christians have a “moral obligation to mock some of these things” (1:10:26). But is Dillan right?

Over the years I have become increasingly uneasy with the Babylon Bee’s capacity to engage in coarse jesting and even mock at sin. Sometimes their humor is quite simple and harmless (and quite funny), and other times their editors engage in the outright act of reviling others. But this book is not a critique of any particular website, or any other particular entity for that matter. This book addresses the universal and grave problem of mocking sin and guilt (Proverbs 14:9). It addresses those verbal transgressions which take place whenever we go too far by reviling others for the sake of a laugh or online attention. Such conduct is not the purview of a disciple of Jesus Christ. It is important that we understand that the sine qua non of the Christian’s life and calling isn’t to tickle one’s funny bone at anyone’s expense, but to be a faithful and loving witness for Christ before a dying world that is, quite frankly, laughing itself to death.

Here is the table of contents for, A Theology of Mockery:

Introduction: Confessions of a Former Reviler

Ch1 – A Theology of Mockery

Ch2 – Fools Mock at Sin

Ch3 – He did not Revile in Return

Ch4 – Be Imitators of Christ

Ch5 – A Terrifying Expectation of Judgment

Conclusion – Delighting in Justice and Mercy

I have had this subject on my mind for a long time and hope to complete and release this work soon. I do believe that the church’s inability to think clearly about these matters has obfuscated her Gospel witness before men.

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