The best books that dare to make fun of religion and/or gods

Jass Richards Author Of The Blasphemy Tour
By Jass Richards

Who am I?

I was raised to be a Roman Catholic. I was not raised to think very deeply, but I did anyway. Eventually.  When I was around fifteen, I started asking questions that irritated my parents. They referred me to our priest. Who basically patted me on the head and showed me the door. When the Pope said 'no contraception,' the shit really hit the fan. I haven't looked back. And I'm quite vocal about it because, damn it, religious beliefs and religions do damage, not the least of which involves hurting and killing people. (As for being funny, that's just icing on the cake.)


I wrote...

The Blasphemy Tour

By Jass Richards,

Book cover of The Blasphemy Tour

What is my book about?

Two Canadian atheists go on a cross-country speaking tour of American Bible Colleges. No, seriously. The Blasphemy Tour — where philosophy essay meets stand-up comedy.

(In The Road Trip Dialogues, the prequel, Rev and Dylan are charged with blasphemy for adding “‘Blessed are they that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stone.’ Psalms 137:9” to a Right-to-Life billboard just outside Algonquin Park. As a result of a well-publicized court trial, the American Atheist Consortium makes an offer...)

The books I picked & why

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Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal

By Christopher Moore,

Book cover of Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal

Why this book?

Lamb is subtitled "The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal"—which gives it away. As does the cover of the Harper edition (2002). This was one of the first of Christopher Moore's novels that I read (the guy's hilarious), and it remains my favourite, by far. Just one chapter in... "he healed his brother Judah's fractured skull after a game of 'stone the adultress' got out of hand..."


Towing Jehovah

By James K. Morrow,

Book cover of Towing Jehovah

Why this book?

I confess I'm more attracted to Morrow's themes than his actual writing, but still. Towing Jehovah is premised on God having died and his corpse needs to be towed to the Arctic for preservation. It's part of a trilogy (the second and third books are titled Blameless in Abaddon and The Eternal Footman); to be honest, I don't remember reading the other two, but I must have...  Also worth mentioning is Morrow's Bible Stories for AdultsAll irreverent. All funny in a dark way.


Freethunk

By Jeff Swenson,

Book cover of Freethunk

Why this book?

This is a very daring collection of cartoons. (And Jeff actually sent me a signed copy of it!) It includes cartoons previously published in Freethunk! The Complete Edition: Cartoons from 2000-2007, but also includes cartoons from 2008 and 2009. Mention of anything specific will be a spoiler, but... 'Let there be light' involves God and a lightbulb...


The Bible Handbook

By W. P. Ball, G. W. Foote,

Book cover of The Bible Handbook

Why this book?

Published by the American Atheist Press, this isn't really a funny book, but since contradictions and absurdities figure prominently throughout the book, I'm listing it here. Next time anyone starts to defend their faith, give them a copy of this book. I'm sure some of what's in my own book was inspired by this book.


The Monty Python's Life of Brian (of Nazareth): Screenplay

By Graham Chapman,

Book cover of The Monty Python's Life of Brian (of Nazareth): Screenplay

Why this book?

Many people will be familiar with Monty Python’s The Life of Brian – the movie. But the screenplay has actually been published as a book!  Available online for less than twenty bucks! So you can have a permanent reference for all your favourite lines!  And if by chance you haven’t heard of it, The Life of Brian has to be on any list about poking fun at religion and gods. To this day, whenever I think of "Always look on the bright side...," I burst into giggles.


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