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Blasphemy with James Frey & Mark Vernon

14 Apr 2011

James Frey is the author of My Friend Leonard, Bright Shiny Morning and a Million Little Pieces, his controversial and best-selling memoir. His new book, The Final Testament of the Holy Bible, is the story of Ben Zion Avrohom, also known as the Messiah. Told by his friends and family, in the manner of the gospels the book asks: How would a man like Jesus be perceived if he appeared today? What would he preach and believe? And how would society react? The book is already being denounced as blasphemous and obscene.

Mark Vernon ex-vicar has the dubious honour of being one of the last people in Britain to be charged with blasphemy for content on his gay and lesbian Christian website. His March Radio 4 series In Doubt We Trust looks at the relationship between religion and doubt and how notions of truth and story telling are understood in this context.

This discussion promises to be a fascinating insight into the process of writing fiction, what fiction really is, what its relationship with truth is and what blasphemy might mean today.

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