Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Reading Ezekial with a Nod to the rules of Satire

We will be reading Ezekiel in our CBR study.  My ESV mentioned that one must follow the rules of Satire.   When I looked up the term satire in my Dictionary of Literary Terms by J.A. Cuddon this is what was stated:

"Satire is a sort of glass wherein beholders do generally discover everybody's face but their own, which is the chief reason for that kind of reception it meets in the world, and that so very few are offended with it."  Swift

The satirist is thus a kind of self appointed guardian of standards, ideals, and truth; of moral as well as aesthetic values.   Satire is a kind of protest.  

Ronald Knox likened the satirist to a small boy who goes about with a water pistol charged with vitriol.  He also suggest that the satirist is a kind of spiritual therapist whose function is to destroy the root causes of the major diseases of the spirit, like hypocrisy, pride, and greed.   

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