Title: How to Be a Perfect Christian:
Your Comprehensive Guide to Flawless Spiritual Living
Author: The Babylon Bee (Adam Ford & Kyle Mann)
Genre: Christian Satire
Pages: 208
Rating: 5 of 5
(Thank you to the authors and publisher for a free review copy. This in no way affects the content of my review)

Make way for some of the best religious satire since the prophet Elijah advised the prophets of Baal that they needed to yell louder because their god might be asleep or in the loo (1 Kings 18:27). The Babylon Bee is a hilarious satire site on the order of The Onion but with an Evangelical Christian slant.

This, The Bee’s first book, absolutely skewers legalistic, self-centered, preference-driven, argumentative, politics-obsessed Christianity. Who needs all that grace and fruit of the Spirit stuff when a little virtue signalling and putting others in their place will have everyone around you noticing how super spiritual you are?

Like any well-written satire, How to Be a Perfect Christian nicely blends funny, sad, and convicting. Depending on your taste, it might feel like it goes on a little too long or occasionally strays into “too mean” territory. However, I appreciate how it managed to hit on most of the common pitfalls to which Evangelical Christians are prone and cleverly wrapped up with a heartwarming summary of the grace and love that is at the heart of a true relationship with God. I highly recommend this book and expect it to make my top 10 list at the end of the year.

6 thoughts on “The Babylon Bee’s Best

      1. And my continued absence from Facebook is justified again!
        I laugh every time I see an Onion article quoted as “real” and the little snippets of Babylon have also amused me. However, a steady diet of that would probably curdle pretty quick in my mind…

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      2. Satire really is lost on some people. I remember classmates who were vastly offended by Swift’s “A Modest Proposal,” and when I was living in Scranton, SNL did a skit where “Joe Biden” completely went off on Scranton (“a genetic cesspool…the only good thing to come out of there is me, etc.”) and one of my coworkers came in the next day fuming about how she was going to have to Chang her vote because she would never vote for anyone who had Biden as a running mate.

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