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The Sweet Sting Of The Babylon Bee

Lord, now let your servant go in peace. I have achieved the three media milestones I wanted to in my life: 1) I have been in The New Yorker, 2) I have been a guest on Mars Hill Audio Journal, and now, as of this day, I have been parodied in The Babylon Bee, by making their Top 10 Books of 2017 List. [1]

(If you don’t know, the Bee is a Christian version of The Onion, parodying the intersection of Christianity and popular culture. Unlike most Christian knockoffs of secular things, this one is actually as good as the original. Seriously.)

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31 Comments To "The Sweet Sting Of The Babylon Bee"

#1 Comment By William Dalton On December 6, 2017 @ 7:46 pm

Well done, Rod. No doubt the BEE has been paying attention to the Pictures from Your Table.

#2 Comment By Elijah On December 6, 2017 @ 8:01 pm

Love it!

#3 Comment By VikingLS On December 6, 2017 @ 8:32 pm

That’s awesome!

#4 Comment By Surly On December 6, 2017 @ 8:35 pm

well done, good and faithful servant.

lolz–we sang that very canticle last night at Advent Vespers.

#5 Comment By Mike Schilling On December 6, 2017 @ 8:46 pm

I’d also like to see The Benny Hill Option.

#6 Comment By Andrew On December 6, 2017 @ 8:55 pm

Some rock band – I think it was Nirvana – said that they didn’t realize they had entered the big leagues until Weird Al parodied one of their songs. For them it was bigger than a Grammy.

#7 Comment By Jason Bankston On December 6, 2017 @ 9:11 pm

Congratulations Rod, now my two favorite blogs have crossed paths 😉

How does it feel to be placed in the same list with Carl Lentz, Jim Baker, Jerry Falwell Jr., and Joel Osteen?

[NFR: Well, if you put it that way… — RD]

#8 Comment By texasaggiemom On December 6, 2017 @ 9:13 pm

Well done!

#9 Comment By Pogonip On December 6, 2017 @ 9:23 pm

Don’t go just yet! We’d miss you!

#10 Comment By Eric Mader On December 6, 2017 @ 9:41 pm

Yes, Babylon Bee has been great. We Christians now have someone among us skewering our follies with deadpan, and it’s much sharper than the smug Daily Show routine we’ve been battered with for years. My favorite piece so far was their article announcing Joel Osteen’s new line of pricey men’s wear “Sheep’s Clothing”. If you’re on Facebook, like Babylon Bee and get their in your feed.

#11 Comment By Eric Mader On December 6, 2017 @ 9:41 pm

*get their jibes in your news feed.

#12 Comment By Peter H On December 6, 2017 @ 9:56 pm

Wondering how reviewers who haven’t read The Eggs Benedict Option will critique the book. I expect it goes something like this:

First sentence in the book: “Now there’s nothing I love more than a quick bowl of Corn Flakes when I need to eat breakfast in a hurry, but I think it’s important to carve out space in our busy lives to have a cooked breakfast once in a while, complete with eggs and ham or bacon.”

Critics: “Dreher is wrong when he says that Christians have to give up Corn Flakes.”

#13 Comment By charles cosimano On December 6, 2017 @ 10:43 pm

I would try to say something funny but I’m laughing too hard.

#14 Comment By Evw On December 6, 2017 @ 11:14 pm

You and Tim got off easy. Vines, Driscoll and Lentz were properly skewered.

#15 Comment By Siarlys Jenkins On December 6, 2017 @ 11:14 pm

Congratulations! The Babylon Bee seems to have picked up where the late, great Wittenburg Door left off. Unlike parodies of Benny Hinn and Joel Osteen, this is a tasteful piece of humor the original author can be proud of. (The others deserve, and get, a sharper lance).

#16 Comment By Lewis Grant On December 6, 2017 @ 11:49 pm

Unlike most Christian knockoffs of secular things, this one is actually as good as the original. Seriously.

Maybe even better. Probably more consistent. Satirically spot-on without being mean-spirited. A true contribution to civilization.

Congrats, Rod! Well deserved. (If only they had found some way to work oysters into it…)

#17 Comment By Erin Manning On December 7, 2017 @ 1:22 am

Now all you need to do is convince a publisher that the Bee is onto something, with their keen grasp of the intersection of Food that Matters with Things that Matter and just what that means for intentionally sacramental living. Specifically, you need to sell your publisher on the idea that consuming oysters in Paris while reading “A Confederacy of Dunces” is the pinnacle of transcendence, an experience in which one is moved to contemplate God, Man, and Nature all in their rightful and glorious spheres of Being, thus restoring proper theology and geometry. I’ve even got a prospective title for you: “Oh, My Bivalve! How this Birkenstocked Burkean Saved His Life through the Strategy of Consuming Oysters at Huitrerie Régis in the company of Ignatius J. Reilly (et. al.).”

Naturally, one would need to do intensive and time-consuming on-the-spot research to craft such a work, and it would help if you could spend a year or so in France with a French tutor painstakingly teaching you French primarily by guiding you through a French translation of Toole’s work in between oysters, so to speak.


#18 Comment By IndianaMike On December 7, 2017 @ 5:38 am

That went over easy. Glad you are so happy to be poached.

#19 Comment By JonF On December 7, 2017 @ 6:26 am

Anyone who can laugh at himself passes the Good Person test

#20 Comment By Adamant On December 7, 2017 @ 6:34 am

That’s hilarious.

#21 Comment By Liam On December 7, 2017 @ 8:18 am

So, what is the Eggs Benedict Option for Lent?

The TVP Benedict Option?

#22 Comment By Phillip On December 7, 2017 @ 8:25 am

Rod, I think this post needs a View From Your (Breakfast) Table.

#23 Comment By Jonathan On December 7, 2017 @ 8:56 am

I just started Benedict Option on my phone… now I have to read this one, too. (A few years ago it might have been the Wittenburg Door…as long as it isn’t Mad magazine.)

#24 Comment By CatherineNY On December 7, 2017 @ 9:18 am

@Peter H wins the thread.

#25 Comment By Francis Beckwith On December 7, 2017 @ 10:06 am

Hmmm. Saw that before


#26 Comment By Peterk On December 7, 2017 @ 10:07 am

dont let it all go to your head 😉

#27 Comment By Tom S. On December 7, 2017 @ 10:30 am

At least it wasn’t the Benedictine Option.

#28 Comment By elizabeth On December 7, 2017 @ 11:03 am

Peter H – or this, from critics on the left:

“Dreher demands Christians return to animal sacrifice.”

#29 Comment By Fr. Raphael On December 7, 2017 @ 2:05 pm

The Bee is great and your readers are evidently just as funny! ?

#30 Comment By Porcophile On December 7, 2017 @ 3:57 pm

I hope all y’all know Ship of Fools: [3]
If not — if you like the Babylon Bee, you ought to check it out.

#31 Comment By Isidore the Farmer On December 7, 2017 @ 9:11 pm

Ha! That’s funny. Babylon Bee is good.