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27 June 2008


Not much to laugh about in religion? - preview
Beyond Reason by Keith Colquhoun
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  • ISBN 1 904529 34 8
  • £8
  • 99

  • Who is writing funny books about God these days?

    God has become rather serious of late
  • We may have some stand-up Muslim comics now, but the days of The Life of Brian are sadly over
  • Here, though, is a black comedy about a vicar who comes perilously close to being a humanist, and his colleague, an irritating parson with a passionate belief, which allows him to levitate, read other people's thoughts from a distance and predict the future
  • But in this tale there are one or two rather astute observations about Christianity and its personnel – Christians being good organisers and the 'Bolsheviks of religion'
  • Bishops are the church's 'departmental heads, sensible and reliable, good at man management but not necessarily very bright
  • ' A bright bishop, suggests the narrator, 'might start saying impetuous things in public, questioning the physical act of resurrection or doubting the virginity of the holy mother'
  • Who could he have been thinking of?

    Judy Kirby

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