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Perfect FoolsFolly for Christ's Sake in Catholic and Orthodox Spirituality$
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John Saward

Print publication date: 1980

Print ISBN-13: 9780192132307

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192132307.001.0001

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Folly to Greeks

Folly to Greeks

(p.1) 1 Folly to Greeks
Perfect Fools

John Saward

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the Christian tradition of the holy fool, which began with the teaching and experience of the apostle Paul. He first used the phrase ‘fool for Christ's sake’, and constantly alluded to the theme of holy folly, in the midst of his turbulent relationship with the Christians at Corinth. He was constantly accused of being mad and his preaching of the resurrection was mocked by the wise men of Athens.

Keywords:   Christianity, holy fool, Christ, St Paul, holy folly, spirituality

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