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1 Terry Lindvall, Surprised by Laughter: the comic world of C. S. Lewis (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 1996) p. 95.
2 C.S. Lewis, Selected Literary Essays (New York: Cambridge Univ. Press, 1969) pp.116-117 cited in Lindvall, Surprised, p.341.
3 Melvin Helitzer, Comedy Writing Secrets (Cincinnati, OH: Writer's Digest, 1987) p.33.
4 G.K. Chesterton, Alarms and Discursions (London: Library Press, n.d.) p. 201 cited in Lindvall, Surprised.
5 Helitzer, Comedy, p. 168.
6 Ned Sherrin, ed., The Oxford Dictionary of Humorous Quotations (New York, NY: Oxford, 1995) p. 154.
7 Helitzer, Comedy, p. 64.
8 Charles R. Gruner, Understanding Laughter (Chicago, IL: Nelson-Hall, 1978) p.1.
9 Helitzer, Comedy, p.58.
10 John Vornhaus, The Comic Toolbox: How to be Funny Even if You're Not (Los Angeles, CA: Silman-James, 1994) p.30.
11 Ned Sherrin, Oxford, p.154.
12 Helitzer, Comedy, p.20.
13 Ned Sherrin, Oxford, p.155.
14 Ibid., p.205.
15 Helitzer, Comedy, p.32.
16 Lindvall, Surprised, p.135.
17 Helitzer, Comedy, pp. 62,63.
18 Ibid., p.35.
19 Lindvall, Surprised, p.31.
20 Helitzer, Comedy, p.63.
21 Lindvall, Surprised, p. 33.
22 G.K. Chesterton, What's Wrong With the World? (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1987) p. 3 cited in Lindvall, Surprised, p. 116.
23 Lindvall, Surprised, p.132.
24 Ibid., p.221.
25 C.S. Lewis, Miracles: A Preliminary Study (New York: Macmillan, 1947) p. 132 cited in Lindvall, Surprised, p.223.
26 Ned Sherrin, Oxford, p.156.
27 Lindvall, Surprised, p.400.
28 Ibid., p.402.
29 C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity (New York: Macmillan, 1952) p. 114 cited in Lindvall, Surprised, p.134.
30 Ned Sherrin, Oxford, p.276. Okay, for those insisting on Affirmative Action for jokes, here's a presbyterian jab: "Most presbyterians wouldn't clap if their hands were on fire."

Thema (Yes, the end of the title is not "Spilt" but "Spit," as in drinking milk when someone tells a good joke.)

1 Terry Lindvall, Surprised By Laughter (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publ., 1996) p. 131.
2 Cited in Ibid., pp. 131,132. For those who might be tempted to think that this line of thought opposes solemnity, I point you to the Chesterton quotes in Verbatim.
3 John Morreall, The Philosophy of Laughter and Humor (Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 1987) p.197.
4 Cited in Ibid., p.79.
5 Those interested in a little more discussion of ridicule, satire, and sarcasm might want to look at the column "Holy Ridicule" in Credenda/Agenda, Vol. 8, No. 5, p. 23.


* See John Jefferson Davis's helpful discussion in Evangelical Ethics (Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publ., 1993) pp. 207ff.


* Jefferson is, of course, referring to the tenth, not the twelfth, amendment. He calls it the twelfth because the first Congress had adopted twelve amendments, this one being the twelfth. But the states would only ratify ten of those, this one included; thus it is the tenth of the ratified amendments, thus we call it the tenth amendment today. In Jefferson's day, the ratification of the remaining two was still an open question. (Interestingly, one of these remaining two was finally ratified in 1992, 203 years after Congress adopted it! It is the twenty-seventh--our newest--amendment to the Constitution.)


1 Cousins, N., Anatomy of an Illness (New York, NY: W.W. Norton, 1979)
2 Cousins, N., Head First--The Biology of Hope (New York, NY: Dutton, 1989)
3 Wooten P. "Humor: an Antidote for Stress,"Jest an Article. Internet


1 Ernest R. Sandeen, British and American Millenarianism 1800-1930 (Chicago: The Univ. of Chicago Press, 1970) p. xvii.
2 Dwight Wilson, Armageddon Now! The Premillenarian Response to Russia and Israel Since 1917 (Tyler, TX: Institute for Christian Economics, 1977 [1991]) p. 17.


Upon hearing this story, the CEF elders recommended serious pastoral counseling for Mr. Jones.
Mr. Jones adds this disclaimer: The small town depicted in this story is set in wicked Montana and in no way resembles the delightful small town where my family dwells in Idaho. Our neighbors have always waved at us and been exceptionally kind, even though we come from California, and most of our town cares far less about dandelions than I do. As such, the story is far more of a hope than a reality.

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