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The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ

The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel ChristThe erudite fantasy author Philip Pullman makes explicit his complaint against Christian dogma with a challenging deconstruction of the Gospels. In ...The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel ChristPhilosophy and Religion, FictionThe erudite fantasy author Philip Pullman makes explicit his complaint against Christian dogma with a challenging deconstruction of the Gospels. In ...2010-05-26Canongate
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The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ by Philip Pullman

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The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ

Genre: Philosophy and Religion, Fiction; Author: Philip Pullman; Status: In Season; Publisher: Canongate

The erudite fantasy author Philip Pullman makes explicit his complaint against Christian dogma with a challenging deconstruction of the Gospels. In The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ his Jesus Christ is split into two brothers: Jesus, a strong-willed humanist, and Christ, a weaker, well-intentioned mystic who is tempted by a silver-tongued stranger (Satan? the apostle Paul?) to keep a distorted chronicle of his brother’s ministry. Why embellish? Because mankind is too corrupt ? to fulfill Jesus’ love-thy-neighbor mandate; we need miracles to inspire us and church structure to control us. Yet if all stories are flawed by bias, how credible is Pullman’s severe skepticism? Unanswered. B+

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Originally posted May 26 2010 — 12:00 AM EDT

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