The Gentle, Evangelical Insider Religious Satire of The Babylon Bee

Most Babylon Bee newcomers are almost certainly be drawn there by social-media references to the site's popular items dissecting modern evangelical life

Take, for example, a “news report” about a new $90 million, 170-acre church complex with a petting zoo, seven bookstores, nine coffee shops, three restaurants, a baseball field and a monorail to the parking lots. But church leaders forgot something. Thus the headline: “Sanctuary Mistakenly Omitted From Megachurch Campus Design.”

 

Anyone who visits a typical American megachurch worship service will get a quick education on the mechanics of contemporary praise music.

First, the band rocks into action, while swaying worshipers raise their hands high, singing lyrics displayed on giant screens. There may be lasers and smoke. A guitarist or keyboard player guides everyone through worship songs – loud then soft, softer then louder – linked by dramatic key changes and musical “bridges.” Eventually, there’s a sermon or worship video.

What if something goes wrong? This Babylon Bee headline was an online classic: “Worship Leader Caught In Infinite Loop Between Bridge And Chorus.”

In this fake “news report,” a weeping member of the worship band adds: “It’s scary, honestly. … This is our third worship leader who’s been sucked into a PCBV (Perpetual Chorus-Bridge Vortex) in the past year.”

After the 14th chorus-to-bridge transition, deacons called 911 and the victim was rushed to an emergency room. “Physicians are subjecting him,” readers learn, “to a barrage of classic hymns in hopes that he will recover.”

This is an inside-baseball brand of satire that allows Babylon Bee creator Adam Ford to gently explore the yins and yangs of evangelical Christianity.

“While we satirize our own camp quite a bit, we don’t limit ourselves to evangelicalism. We write about culture, politics, other religions, current events, etc., regularly,” said Ford, who does email interviews since he struggles with anxiety attacks. He shares more of his personal story in his own Adam4d.com web-comics site.

Most Babylon Bee newcomers, however, are almost certainly be drawn there by social-media references to the site’s popular items dissecting modern evangelical life. Take, for example, a “news report” about a new $90 million, 170-acre church complex with a petting zoo, seven bookstores, nine coffee shops, three restaurants, a baseball field and a monorail to the parking lots. But church leaders forgot something. Thus the headline: “Sanctuary Mistakenly Omitted From Megachurch Campus Design.”

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