Book Review. Elisha McIntyre, Religious Humor in Evangelical Christian and Mormon Culture

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Marie-Therese Mäder


At first sight one might think that religion and humor contradict each other or at least are not a fruitful pair. The study Religious Humor in Evangelical Christian and Mormon Culture by Elisha McIntyre, an Australian scholar in the study of religion, shows that this isn’t true at all, although differences in the effectiveness of humor persist depending on its purpose and the involved agents.

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Marie-Therese Mäder, University of Munich (LMU)

Marie-Therese Mäder ( is a scholar in the study of religion with particular interest in the field of media and religion where she has published several articles and books ( Her current research focuses on (self-)representation strategies of religious communities in documentary media supported by the Bayerische Gleichstellungsförderung based at Ludwigs- Maximilians-Universität in Munich. She teaches at the Centre for Religion, Economy and Politics at the University of Zurich and is also a lecturer for media ethics at the university for applied science in Chur and Bern/Switzerland. Since 2006 she has been a member of the research group “Media and Religion” ( She is a member of the editorial boards of JRFM and of the book series Religion, Film und Medien (Schüren, Marburg) and Media and Religion (Nomos, Baden-Baden).