If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they'll kill you. -- Oscar Wilde
I read the first page at Amazon, and it is unbelievably bad.Starts with Jesus at age 6 letting a lizard play in his mouth. Jesus's "younger brother" takes the lizard and smashes it with a rock.Jesus than put the lizard back in his mouth and it comes out alive.Lizardus.
I'd like to defend the book (so here I am!). It is far, far, far from being theologically or Christologically correct, yes, but with a title like that I don't think the author ever intended it to be educational. A friend gave it to me, and as I read it there were moments I squirmed at how off-base it was. I also re-read passages, struck by something they offered, and came away with a little more depth in my own understand of Christ, the person who walked the Earth. It gave me something to think about. Again, neither much revelation nor growth in my own spiritual depth, but I saw a lot of the writer trying to figure out "this Jesus guy", and I am always interested in how others see and struggle with those things. It was also hilarious. I've never laughed out loud reading a book so much in my life.
It's like everybody wants Jesus to be tailored to suit their desires, instead of considering what Jesus wants of us to be.
Okay, y'all. Time to put your sense of humor back on. You obviously haven't read ANY of Christopher Moore's books. Moore is not a theologian (although he does an amazing amount of background research for his books). Wikipedia describes his works as "absurdist fiction", a pretty apt description. Try reading "Island of the Sequined Love Nun" (about the island cargo cults that sprang up after WWII) or "You Suck: A Love Story" (about vampires). Or maybe "The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror" (haven't read this one yet; maybe this Christmas). And no, "Biff" is no more blasphemous than a lot of the drivel out there in the religion section of Borders masquerading as "inspirational".
I have actually read it, and while I wouldn't recommend it for an RCIA class it is really, really funny in some places. Since it's intended to be satirical, I can just relax and enjoy the ridiculous premise and some of the kooky characters. I wouldn't necessarily lend it to anyone under the age of 16 or so, though, since they might have trouble recognizing that it's not meant to be serious.
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