The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ (2010) 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… 2010-05-04 Fiction Philosophy and Religion Canongate
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The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ (2010)

The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ | The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ by Philip Pullman
The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ by Philip Pullman
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: May 04, 2010; Writer: Philip Pullman; Genres: Fiction, Philosophy and Religion; 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 Published in issue #1105-1106 Jun 04, 2010 Order article reprints