After wrapping up reading the book, Lucifer’s Odyssey, I have come to discover several observations that are worth sharing in this post. Like I mentioned before, I want to thank the author of this book for helping me coin and define the terms for this ongoing genre. Now that I can dedicate a post to this new phenomenon, let’s begin by asking the first question:
What is pseudo-biblical fiction?
Originally coming from the Greek word meaning ‘false,’ I decided to divide the term in combination with the words biblical and fiction for the mere reason that the book’s foundation lies on a phony demise. If one wanted to know how to spot this kind of demise, look no further than at the plotline. In most cases (from what I have experienced), a lot of these tales run by estranged ideas for example:
- Jesus as an extraterrestrial
- Jesus being biologically raised from the dead.
- Lucifer and Michael being brothers.
- Jesus as a Dog
- Vampires in 33 A.D.
- Jesus’ Genes
- Jesus as Harry Potter
- Jesus as reluctant Messiah
Though I could probably go on with an exhaustive list about the genre, I want to point out that much of these storylines deal with something that’s not true i.e., the false premises. In case one has not noticed, all these stories pose no realism. Jesus never came back as a dog. He isn’t an alien, a man, a fictional character and most definitely not a reluctant Messiah. If anything had to be said about this kind of genre, most of these ideas are totally false and (some) completely blasphemous.
The other thing I noticed with this genre is the use of the biblical characters in an unconventional setting. What do I mean by ‘unconventional’? For starters practically none of these Bible characters ever had to face any of these dilemmas. Could Satan really ‘die’? Do the Apostles need to ward off vampires? There seems to be this ongoing assumption that authors of this genre have a pass to trample over the traditional Christian teaching, as if their own makings of Jesus, David, or any other Bible character in any kind of shape they want.
Though I would personally like to maintain neutrality to their ideals, however, the plethora of these ridiculous ideas forces me to reconsider and address the absurdity of these fictional tales. Not only are some of these ideas teaching a phony and false ideology, but also hints on the idea that the author engages in idolatry.
What’s there to complain about, it’s only fiction?
Seriously, that is dead wrong.
Although I do not intend on insulting the name of good fiction, most writers I have spoken to have this interest in wanting to influence readers with their influences without question. Although I admire their tenacity, I would often find myself wondering whether these authors actually care to research the issue or are they wanting their audiences to believe there is an authoritative stance to their ideals.
To put this is in short; let me summarize the pseudo-biblical genre characters in list format:
- Anti-Christian in nature
- Bible characters in unconventional settings
- Unrealistic Storyline
- Engaged in either idolatry or blasphemy