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Religions 2016, 7(9), 110; doi:10.3390/rel7090110

The Laughter of Fools: The Relevance of Wisdom in Today’s World

Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge, West Road, Cambridge CB3 9BS, UK
Academic Editor: Peter Iver Kaufman
Received: 20 April 2016 / Revised: 20 June 2016 / Accepted: 18 July 2016 / Published: 25 August 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue The Wayfinders: Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in the Modern World)
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This paper explores different facets of the character type of the fool in the book of Proverbs and looks at his primary characteristics in the context of some of the main themes of Proverbs. Particular concerns are with the difficulties of parenting a fool and the idea of life as a path full of choices, with problems with communication and with other characteristics of the fool such as not listening to others, a tendency to hasty anger, wiliness and getting into unsuitable social situations. This paper puts this discussion in the context of the wider wisdom quest and its theological themes. It ends with images of the fool from Ecclesiastes and some insights for modern application. View Full-Text
Keywords: fool; path; communication; anger; theology; wisdom; Woman Wisdom; Proverbs; Ecclesiastes fool; path; communication; anger; theology; wisdom; Woman Wisdom; Proverbs; Ecclesiastes
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