Jesus Farted

The Vulgar Truth of the Biblical Christ

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Pub Date Jan 07 2023 | Archive Date Mar 09 2024

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Simon Perry, a Biblical Scholar and Chaplain at the University of Cambridge, claims that if you cannot hear Jesus fart, you cannot hear his biblical voice.

Jesus farted. He secreted bodily fluids, and excreted bodily solids. This is far from heretical. In fact, for Christians it is heretical to think otherwise – the name of the heresy is ‘docetism’. It means Jesus wasn’t really human, never had to relieve himself into the Jordan and never hid behind a sycamore tree to take a dump.

As one historian of shit points out, defecation ‘is a human behaviour as revealing as any other about human nature, if only it can be released from the social straightjacket of denial.’ But the vast majority of Christians and non-Christians alike remain in a state of denial about Jesus' shit. This book is an attempt to dislodge that denial, because in so doing the historical Jesus is revealed as a dangerous political, polemical, economic, and ideological threat to the imperial machinery of his day and ours.

Simon Perry, a Biblical Scholar and Chaplain at the University of Cambridge, claims that if you cannot hear Jesus fart, you cannot hear his biblical voice.

Jesus farted. He secreted bodily fluids...


Advance Praise

""This is the first book about religion I have ever read. Are they all this interesting?"" Clare Marks-Menzies

""OMG .... this is an amazing piece of literature."" Mike Hauser

""Made me laugh so much that reference to accidental elimination of liquids would involve little exaggeration. Yet Rev'd Dr Perry's smooth motion between the eschatological and the scatological is not without substance"". Dr L Coleman, University of Sussex

""This is the first book about religion I have ever read. Are they all this interesting?"" Clare Marks-Menzies

""OMG .... this is an amazing piece of literature."" Mike Hauser

""Made me laugh so much...


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The title intrigued me. I am not normally one to pick up a book on religion but I thought the premise of the book would be interesting. It is. It is also somewhat over the top, often funny and frequently quite rude.

It does make some interesting points with the argument that to make Jesus less than human, with all the human foibles and effluences would weaken his message. He makes some fascinating points about the way the scriptures have been sanitized from what was written originally in both the Old and New Testament. That Jesus had all the bodily inconveniences we all do allowed him to be closer to the real people that he wanted to touch. The poor, the downtrodden, the bottom of the heap who were so often marginalized or forgotten were his people. To lift him to an unattainable height loses the impact of his words.

The author says it is only in seeing him in the role of agitator, political and economic activist and general pain in the rump to those in power can the reader appreciate who the man truly was. I am no expert but I found his arguments persuasive and I am sure the book will lead to much heated discussion from various camps.

Four purrs and one paw up.

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It piqued my curiosity: why does Simon Perry, a Biblical Scholar and Chaplain at the University of Cambridge, claim that if you cannot hear Jesus fart, you cannot hear his biblical voice?

Perry’s stated mission is to help us “rediscover Jesus in his native vulgarity”, because the farting of Christ might save the world from disintegration. His interpretation of the events from the life of Jesus, and from his own, are outrageously hilarious.

Is it going to unite us all and save the world? No, I don’t think so.

Is it a good read? Absolutely!!! I loved the I’ll-say-it-the-way-I-want attitude.

Five stars for a book about Jesus of Nazareth written by someone from the world of the portacabin!

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While the book is weirdly fixated on all sorts of bodily functions, it still is a good and informative read regarding Christianity, and it feels like adding a hefty dose of humor makes it more relatable, easier to understand, more easily digestible (LOL YES).

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