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Q and Cynicism: On Comparison and Social Identity

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In this chapter, the author seeks to clarify the conditions under which such a comparison between Q and Cynicism alone has validity. The author agrees with Tuckett in his depiction of it as an understudied, still somewhat loosely constituted field of investigation. The relationship between Stoicism and Cynicism is simply one facet of this complex issue. Everyone knew that being poor makes life more difficult. The kingdom of God in 6:20b is this ability call it wisdom, if you will to incorporate adversity into the experience of contentment. The "kingdom of God" is thus depicted as a permeating power at work within a cultivated mass. He says, in one way or another, all of the six woes of Q turn about the axis of appearance versus reality. The author briefly summarizes that the formative stratum of Q was for all intents and purposes a "Cynic" document.

Keywords: "Cynic" document; cynicism; kingdom of God; stoicism; Tuckett



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