Just in time for Easter, James Frey's new book about an alcoholic Messiah — UPDATED

He strikes again, with a book being released on Good Friday that seems designed to provoke and enrage:

Controversial author James Frey is set to ignite another firestorm with his new book, “The Final Testament of the Holy Bible,” in which the second coming of Christ takes place in The Bronx projects — but the Messiah turns out to be a former alcoholic who impregnates a prostitute.

Frey — who was famously ripped apart on TV by Oprah Winfrey and ostracized by the literary community over his partly fabricated memoir, “A Million Little Pieces” — has sidestepped traditional publishers and teamed up with gallery owner Larry Gagosian, who will publish just 11,000 copies in the U.S. while Frey will self-publish online.

His Messiah, Ben Jones, starts off as a lonely alcoholic bachelor living in a filthy apartment. He survives a horrific work accident, but strange things then happen that lead to him being recognized as the Messiah. Ben also smokes pot, has sex with a prostitute and makes out with men.
Ben tells followers that the Bible is “antiquated,” saying, “The Bible was written 2,000 years ago. The world is a different place now. Stories that had meaning then are meaningless now . . . those books are dead.”

Of religion, he says, “Faith is what you use to oppress, to justify, to judge in the name of God . . . a means to rationalize more evil in this world than anything in history. If there were a devil, faith would be his greatest invention.” The novel will be released for maximum impact in the U.S. on Good Friday.

The New York Post link has more.

UPDATE: Elizabeth Scalia has a few choice thoughts on Frey’s tome:

One almost hopes—I actually do hope—that this silly and sad report is a red-herring, and that Frey is working a bait-and-switch, here; that his readers will find themselves introduced not to an uninteresting and wasted self-savior who is as bored and directionless as the rest of the world, but a true light, a beacon who beckons us toward something greater than the world-weary musings of a seventh-grader; an idea that can help us find redemptive meaning in our sufferings and our crucibles, and the endless misery we all see before us, across the world and in our day-to-days.

Comments

  1. *yawn*

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  2. Elizabeth Scalia says:

    what a sad bore…

  3. Fr. Deacon Daniel says:

    These quotes are just precious:

    “The Bible was written 2,000 years ago. The world is a different place now. Stories that had meaning then are meaningless now . . . those books are dead.”

    Yeah – it may even be older than the US Constitution. And everything old is bad…really bad. Bad dead books written by bad dead men. Of course, the Bible is older than 2,000 years old too, if he considers the Old Testament to be part of the Canon. Seems to undermine at least SOME of his credibility, especially if he is claiming to write the FINAL testament.

    “Faith is what you use to oppress, to justify, to judge in the name of God . . . a means to rationalize more evil in this world than anything in history. If there were a devil, faith would be his greatest invention.”

    Actually, I thought lying was his greatest invention, a practice with which the author is intimately familiar. I would wager that more people have died because of those who rationalize lies than because of faith.

    The second greatest invention of the devil is modern American fiction.

    Frey says his book is “a theoretical third volume of the Bible — there was the Old, there was the New, and this is the Final.”

    What happens when he is dead and his writings are old?

    Ashes to ashes, dust to dust…his book and body in a million little pieces. Meanwhile the Bible will still be a Best Seller.

  4. Ed Bertels says:

    11,000 copies? talk about an of faith!!!!!

  5. You’d think guys like this would get bored with themselves; a tired old meme and a puffed up ego.

  6. deaconnecessary says:

    Seriously? Oh, please!

  7. pagansister says:

    Could be interesting.

  8. deaconnecessary says:

    About as interesting as passing a kindney stone…

  9. I can’t think of anything less interesting than another de rigueur attempt to denigrate or blaspheme Christianity and Jesus Christ. Do these folks honestly think this is still cutting edge type stuff? This may have been provocative in the 60s or 70s but now? Really?

  10. romancrusader says:

    You don’t outsell the Bible. Period. More from people who attempt to paint Jesus as some rebel, a revolutionary. And now he’s an alcoholic? I wonder if he would dare do it to the Koran say? He’d get a death warrant issued against him if he did that sort of thing to the Koran that he’s doing to the Bible.

    Reminds me of this one article when an Episcopalian tried to paint one of the Three Wisemen as a woman! Talk about utter blasphemy! Or how about the time when this one playright tried to paint John the Apostle as a woman? Sigh….the wisdom of this world. I call for a spiritual inquisition.

  11. If you ignore these little twerps. They go away.

  12. Just what Janet said…

  13. deaconnecessary says:

    Careful, there Romancrusdader…
    The Gospelof Matthew says only “magi,” not Wise Man, Magi were astrologers or magicians. It’s quite possible that a magi could have been female, so that’s not a blasphemy.
    The three Kings, or Three Wisemen, named Melchior, Gaspar, and Balthazar, as we have come to know them, exist only as a pious legend.
    Just saying.
    Otherwise, I agree that whatever nonsense that Fey has written is not worth the paper wasted to have it printed on.

  14. I think I have a different perspective on this–
    do you all remember Collin Raye’s hit “What if Jesus Comes Back Like That?”
    “Will we let Him in, or turn our back?”

    He came to town on an old freight train
    He jumped off in the pouring rain
    Everybody says he’s insane
    Just a low down account hobo

    He made his bed beneath the county bridge
    The town folks said that’s not his
    They signed a petition they’re gonna get rid
    Of that white trash low down no count

    What if Jesus comes back like that
    On an old freight train in a hobo hat
    Will we let him in or turn our back
    What if Jesus comes back like that
    Hey what if Jesus comes back like that

    Born with a habit of drug abuse
    She couldn’t help what her mama used
    It wasn’t like she got to choose
    Now she’s layin’ there all alone

    Got a monkey on her back
    Nurses say they never saw a smile like that
    Doctor says she might stand a chance
    If somebody takes her home

    What if Jesus comes back like that
    Two months early and hooked on crack
    Will we let him in or turn our back
    What if Jesus comes back like that
    Oh what if Jesus comes back like that

    Nobody said life is fair
    We’ve all got a cross to bear
    When it gets a little hard to care
    Just think of Jesus hanging there

    He came to town on a cold dark night
    A single star was his only light
    The baby born that silent night
    A manger for his bed

    What if Jesus comes back like that
    Where will he find out hearts are at
    Will he let us in or turn his back
    Hey what if Jesus comes back like that
    Yeh what if Jesus comes back like that
    Will he cry when he sees where our hearts are at
    Will he let us in or turn his back
    Hey what if Jesus comes back like that
    Oh what if Jesus comes back like that

  15. romancrusader says:

    With all due respect Deacon, Father Zuhlsdorf disagrees with you. Matter of fact, Sacred Tradition holds that they became Bishops. Their relics are under the Cologne Cathedral. Next time, do your research.

    Your a perfect example of the the Auto-Anal Extraction Methodology at work. Using your logic we might as well say that Jesus was a woman in male clothing with a glued on beard.

  16. Deacon Greg Kandra says:

    Roman…

    The Catholic Encyclopedia indicates that most of what we know about the magi is conjecture and legend:

    It is said that after their return home, the Magi were baptized by St. Thomas and wrought much for the spread of the Faith in Christ. The story is traceable to an Arian writer of not earlier than the sixth century, whose work is printed, as “Opus imperfectum in Matthæum” among the writings of St. Chrysostom (P.G., LVI, 644). This author admits that he is drawing upon the apocryphal Book of Seth, and writes much about the Magi that is clearly legendary. The cathedral of Cologne contains what are claimed to be the remains of the Magi; these, it is said, were discovered in Persia, brought to Constantinople by St. Helena, transferred to Milan in the fifth century and to Cologne in 1163 (Acta SS., I, 323).

    You can read more at this link.
    Dcn. Greg

  17. Jim Dotter says:

    Let us pray James Frey’s heart is opened by the Father, filled by the Son and set afire by the Holy Spirit! ( And may this happen to everyone of us as well )

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