CURRENT ISSUE: Volume 30, Number 2, Winter 2018

The Humour Issue

When you see something as outlandish and charming as a human laughing—the amused kind of laughing, not the derisive kind—you sense there's something divine in it. What is that "something," exactly? What’s the nature of the connection between the spasmodic, wheezing reflex of laughter and the one who designed it? What makes some Comedy Divine?

Those are the queries of the day in this idiosyncratic issue of the Regent World. Through stories, jokes, puns, theologizing, and even some good old-fashioned exegesis, let’s head to the abundant but oft-neglected region where God meets comedy.

Illustration by Micah Hill

Featured Content

For more articles, check out our Leading Ideas, Profile, Arts & Theology, Thought to Action, and Field Notes sections.

Leading Ideas

Seven Scholars Share Their Favourite Moment of Biblical Humour

Find out why N.T. Wright, Mariam Kovalishyn, and George Guthrie are chuckling while they parse those Greek and Hebrew verbs. more

Leading Ideas

GK Chesterton on the Fool as Saviour of the Modern Soul

Matthew Eames shows that holy foolery wasn’t just a theological theme for the great British Catholic; he reveled in becoming the fool. more

Leading Ideas

Ruth: Rom-Com, Sit-Com, or Divine-Com?

Digging with Drew Lewis into the Hebrew in the book of Ruth, we see there are moments it would be irreverent not to laugh. more


Good Medicine

"An Elder once told me that we grieve in two ways. We cry and we laugh.” Cheryl Bear, from Nadleh Whut’en First Nation, shows us through story the character and purpose of humour in her culture. | Cheryl Bear more


The Thoroughbred and The Donkey

With foot shoved deeply in mouth in front of one of Regent’s most beloved and esteemed personages, Ali Cumming valiantly refuses to take it out. more


Bare Witness

A young Ed Smith feels burdened to evangelize an especially coarse member of his roofing crew. As the Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey duet, "When You Believe," comes on the radio, it presents the perfect opportunity. more

Arts & Theology

The Theological Comedy Awards

Contestants include the Feast of Fools, the Lady Pope Hoax, Thomas Aquinas’s joke article, Martin Luther’s elaborate prank, and many more. Find out who takes home the trophies. more

Arts & Theology

The True Origins of the Un-Seminary

Dal Schindell shares the philosophy and the friendships behind Regent’s wacky (and successful) early marketing campaigns. more

Arts & Theology

Cartooning through History

Matt Mattoon became a legend amongst Regent College History TAs for his absurd yet inspired pedagogy—now on the Regent World for all to see. more

Field Notes

Susan Norman

Susan Norman muses on what might it have been like to laugh with Jesus? What prompted him to use hyperbole and irony? Camels, pearls, and pigs? more

Field Notes

Laughing All the Way to the ICU

Hannah Coyne (MCS 2011) tells how she came to appreciate the beauty of black humour while working among the dying. more

Thought to Action

Pursuing a Playful Liturgy

David Taylor asks: What would it mean to laugh as we worship—to head to church anticipating fun? more