Babylon Bee Founder Discusses New Book ‘How to Be a Perfect Christian’ & the Importance of Satire

Ever wanted to become a perfect Christian but never knew how to do so? Well, then have no fear! A popular Christian satire site will tell you exactly how to transform into one guaranteed.

The Babylon Bee, a proudly fake news site created by web comics writer Adam Ford, is releasing its first book on May 1, titled How to Be a Perfect Christian: Your Comprehensive Guide to Flawless Spiritual Living.

The first chapter is already available on the Babylon Bee, with the site describing the book as “200 pages of new material which lays out a definitive guide to achieving perfection in your walk with Christ by conforming completely to every aspect of Western Christian Culture.”

“A cohesive, paradigm-shifting work of art, How to Be a Perfect Christian is destined to go down as one of the most important pieces of literature in the history of Christendom,” the Bee added.

Launched in March 2016, Babylon Bee has as of April over 380,000 likes on Facebook, approximately 94,000 followers on Twitter, and more than 51,000 followers on Instagram.

The Bee entertains with such stories as “Man Accidentally Performs Yoga Pose, Is Possessed By Horde of Demons,” “Lakewood Church Issues Eclipse Glasses For Gazing At Joel Osteen’s Teeth,” and “Bill Nye To Dress Up As Real Scientist For Halloween.

During its time, the Bee has lightheartedly lampooned militant atheists, conservative evangelicals, President Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, LGBT activists, contemporary church services, and, admittedly, this very publication.

Snopes.com, a website that seeks to fact-check rumors going around the internet, has several entries of false claims parroted on social media that derive from people citing the Bee.

Adam Ford, the mind behind the website and book, responded to questions from The Christian Post via email regarding why he worked on satire, the challenge of writing a book, and his tendency to spare no one. Below are excerpts.

CP: Before The Babylon Bee, you were known for your web comics. Why did you decide to largely shift your efforts to satire?

Ford: It happened organically, really. It was just God’s plan. The Bee was an idea I had had for years, but when I started it I considered it a “side project.” I felt strongly that it would fill a void in the internet, and that it would possibly become popular, but I had no idea it would blow up the way it did. The commitments and challenges of running such a sizable website soon took over, and I had to shift to focusing on the Bee almost exclusively. I had to make sure to do it right.

CP: Why did you decide to write this book?

Ford: I had our head writer [Kyle Mann] out to my home for a weekend last year and we discussed a million things, one of them being a book. It just seemed like a natural extension of the site. But we wanted it to be all new material, not a compilation of articles from the website or anything like that. We wanted it to be a whole, cohesive work. And we wanted it to be really, really good. We sat around in my office and tossed ideas back and forth, started drafting outlines, etc. Thus, How to Be a Perfect Christian was born.

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Source: Christian Post