This book radically challenges perceptions of Christianity, for atheists and Christians alike. Perry takes on injustice and dominant ideologies using weapons Christ himself would have approved of: humour, truth, and more than a little rhetorical sauce. Should be required reading for everyone living with the woes, ennui, and inequality of the late capitalist West. – Amazon Review
“The deep rumblings of Jesus’ body have never registered so strongly on the Richter scale.” Dr T Atkin, narrator.
“This is the first book about religion I have ever read. Are they all this interesting?” Clare Marks-Menzies
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.