Ian KerOxford University
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Chesterton regarded comedy as important an art form as tragedy. He thought humor was integral to Christianity as opposed to paganism, and it was an essential part of his philosophy of wonder.
Fr. Ian Ker is a Fellow at Blackfriars Hall at the University of Oxford. He has taught both English literature and theology at universities in the United States and Britain. He is the author and editor of more than twenty books on Newman, including the standard biography that Oxford University Press reissued prior to Newman's beatification. Fr. Ker is also the author of The Catholic Revival in English Literature 1845-1961, Mere Catholicism, G. K. Chesterton: A Biography, and, most recently, Newman on Vatican II.