This evening I decided to lazy-research (aka googling) Anabaptist humor. It turn’s out we don’t have any. According to the first result for Anabaptist humor on Google:
[Anabaptist] interpretation of the New Testament, especially Ephesians 5:4, did not allow for jesting or joking. The Christian was expected to prune the heart and mouth of all unbecoming thoughts, words, and actions. Unseemly light-hearted behavior was often summed up in the word “levity.” In addition, the Mennonites were concerned that houses of prayer and worship not be turned into houses of entertainment and mirth through humorous allusions and stories.
This serious mien was reinforced by the long period of intense persecution in the early development of Anabaptism.
So how bad is our serious mien? The second google result for “Anabaptist humor” is an article an utterly unfunny Anabaptist history headed by a picture of a mass Anabaptist burning and the is an address by a college president about environmentalism in which he assures his audience that there’s nothing humorous about global warming. The fourth is a post right here on our very own blog.
Maybe our problem is our search terms. What about Mennonite humor? The first result involves beer, fishing and the inability of Mennonite young people to express their attraction for one another. I’ll spare you the details. The second is this youtube video:
I rest my case.
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