25. LAMB: THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO BIFF, CHRIST’S CHILDHOOD PAL, BY CHRISTOPHER MOORE (2002)

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Christopher Moore is one of the best absurdist authors currently stringing words together, so it should come as no surprise that his novel, Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, makes the list. The title alone should have any self-respecting agnostic out there grinning from ear-to-ear.

After Jesus’ childhood friend, Biff, is resurrected in the present day, he is tasked with filling in the missing pages in the Bible by the archangel Raziel. What follows is a sharp bit of humor that recounts the adventures of Biff and Christ (who is actually named Joshua, according to Biff) as they travel to find the Three Wise Men and discover the true purpose of Joshua’s life. It’s not a nasty slam on religion, but more of a light-hearted satire that never takes itself too seriously.