In this week’s episode: Genesis 16-19.  We examine two very powerful human emotions: laughter and fear.  Though laughter might bring life to the party, fear insures that life will go on.  (Now that’s a scary thought…)  We will also consider why our biblical forebears laughed in God’s face and how the real sin of Sodom had nothing to do with naughty bits.

BTW, the Radiolab podcast can be found here.  This American Life on tribes can be found here.  You can buy Inside Jokes: Using Humour to Reverse Engineer the Mind by Matthew Hurley, Daniel Dennett, and Reginald Adams Jr. here or Jared Diamond’s The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies? here.  And Jay Michaelson’s book God vs. Gay?: The Religious Case for Equality can be found here.

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