The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ 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… The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ 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
Book Review

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
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