As fools graced by favor

. . . Shakespeare is simply a superior comedic genius to any Hellenic artist. . . . The Christian doctrines of the forgiveness of sins, the redemption, and above all the curious teaching that love is the nature of God’s relationship to his creatures, creates a spiritual atmosphere that enables comedy in a very special way. Comedy may well be the preeminent Christian art form; and Christianity may be the preeminent spirituality necessary for comedy, especially comedic truth. . . . What enables us to reflect upon our weakness and our folly without dread? . . . It is the trust that comes from thinking on the supreme reality as a personal, and indeed loving, hence forgiving father . . . [O]nly as fools graced by favor can we delight joyously in our truth being exposed.

Michael Gelvin, Truth and the Comedic Art 121 (2000) (quoted in Peter J. Leithart, Deep Comedy: Trinity, Tragedy and Hope in Western Literature 41 (2006)).

Posted on July 29, 2013, in David Mitchel, Shakespeare and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

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