Bil Browning

Being Gay Is Disgusting or God Likes the Smell of Burning Fat

Filed By Bil Browning | December 15, 2010 10:30 AM | comments

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Tags: book review, Edward Falzone

One of the perks of running Bilerico Project is that I get sent a ton of free books. Most of the time I'm busy so I ship the books off to other contributors who express interest in reading it and writing a review. 41607_6941757735_1333642_n.jpgWhen author Edward Falzone's Being Gay Is Disgusting hit my mailbox though, I knew I was going to have to read it.

Boy, am I glad I did too. It is hysterically funny parody of the first five books of the Bible. Seriously - this is probably the best book I read all year. The entire thing is done in a fantastically witty and frank manner reminiscent of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

Falzone has created a modern-day paraphrase of the Pentateuch that cuts out the "begats" in favor of telling the stories - including all the ridiculous parts that are often overlooked. (For example, unicorns are mentioned more times than homosexuality. Or the "Nephilim" - the offspring of God's sons and human women; they're mentioned three times in the Bible but there's nothing about those other sons of God that somehow pre-date Jesus who was the "only" Son of God.)

Over on the book's Facebook page, Falzone is running a contest and you can score a free copy of BGID by liking the page and leaving a comment on this discussion. He's giving away 3 copies, so be sure to enter soon.

You can purchase a copy of the book on Kindle now for $9.95. You can also check out Falzone's cheeky guest post about the repeal of DADT that ran last week here on the site. Read them both; you won't be sorry either.

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This book looks like a great way to introduce re-conciliating thought to mainstream Christianity. If I don't get a freebie, I'll be sparing a $10 for it.

From the Falzon Press release:

Edward Falzon, 36, spent his formative years in Sydney, Australia, as a good Catholic boy. His family moved to Brisbane in the 80's, where he attended a secular high school. His fifteen-year IT career took him around the world, allowing him to meet people from all points on the religious compass, and resulting in his fascination with biblical beliefs. Falzon now lives in Shanghai, China, a "refreshingly secular place."

Australian author Edward Falzon has 'faithfully' paraphrased the first 2,700 years of biblical history, chapter-by-chapter, into a tome whose alternative title is 'God Likes the Smell of Burning Fat.' By removing the repetition and formality in the text, he says, "all that's left is, frankly, the ridiculous."

"Having investigated religion and the religious for many years," says Falzon, "nowadays my primary beef is that nobody seems to have read the book that they claim is their guide to life and the afterlife. I find this wilful ignorance of one's own faith to be incomprehensible. The Bible's a hard read, though, so I've taken it upon myself to make it more readable and entertaining, and this first instalment is the five books of Moses."

Laughing at religion is progress.

I can't wait to see what he does with Ezekiel 16 and 23.

"but there's nothing about those other sons of God that somehow pre-date Jesus who was the "only" Son of God."

Well, don't you see? It's all in the capital letters.

I've heard good things about this book.