Sarcasm is the use of irony (saying one thing while meaning another) or other rhetorical devices in a biting, hurtful way. There is a difference between sarcasm and satire, although they are related. Satire is the use of irony or ridicule to expose foolishness, but without the “bite” of sarcasm. Satire is gentler; sarcasm is more derisive and sneering.
The question is, is satire or sarcasm ever appropriate? This would be easy enough to resolve if not for the fact that God…
Posted on August 20, 2014 at 4:55pm — 1 Comment
Many fans were devastated when they heard the news that celebrated comedian Robin Williams ended his own life on August 11. The American actor rose to fame in the 70s playing an alien in the TV series Mork & Mindy. He also performed in dozens of popular films and won many acting awards, amassing a personal fortune along the way.
Williams was open about his struggles with alcohol, drugs, and depression. Early on in his burgeoning career, he became addicted to cocaine but gave it up…Continue
Posted on August 20, 2014 at 4:09pm — 1 Comment
Panic attacks, anxiety disorders, phobias, and depression affect millions of people. Although medical experts believe that many times the aforementioned ailments originate within a person’s psyche, there are times when a chemical imbalance is the cause—or times when a problem that began in the psyche has contributed to a chemical imbalance that now perpetuates the problem. If this is the case, medication is often prescribed to help counter the imbalance, which in turn treats the symptoms of…Continue
Posted on August 19, 2014 at 9:23pm
There are some Christians who believe that seeking medical attention is demonstrating a lack of faith in God. In the Word-Faith movement, consulting a doctor is often considered a lack of faith that will actually prevent God from healing you. In groups such as Christian Science, seeking the help of physicians is sometimes viewed as a barrier to using the spiritual energy God has given us to heal ourselves. The logic of these viewpoints is sorely lacking. If your car is damaged, do you take…Continue
Posted on August 19, 2014 at 9:17pm — 3 Comments