The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ by Philip Pullman

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Upon its hardcover publication, renowned author Philip Pullman’s The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ provoked heated debates and stirred a frenzy of controversy throughout the clerical and literary worlds alike with its bold retelling of the life of Jesus Christ.

In this remarkable piece of fiction, famously atheistic author Philip Pullman challenges the events of the Gospels and puts forward his own compelling and plausible version of the life of Jesus. Written with unstinting authority, The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ is a pithy, erudite, subtle, and powerful book by a beloved author, a text to be read and reread, studied and unpacked, much like the Good Book itself.
 

About Philip Pullman

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PHILIP PULLMAN won the prestigious Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in honor of the body of his work. His books include the internationally renowned His Dark Materials trilogy. Mr. Pullman lives with his wife in Oxford, England.
 
Published April 21, 2010 by Canongate U.S.. 272 pages
Genres: History, Religion & Spirituality, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Fiction

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The New York Times

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Philip Pullman’s retelling of the Gospels distinguishes between the human and the divine nature of Jesus, with Mary giving birth to the twins of the title.

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The Guardian

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Like Schweitzer, he thinks Jesus was an immeasurably great man who died to bring in a better world, the difference being that Schweitzer believed Jesus died trying to force God's hand, whereas for Pullman Jesus realised in the garden of Gethsemane that there was probably no God, so any bettering ...

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The sinister stranger in the book – who stands for all philosophical system-makers who want to improve on history by importing eternal truths at the expense of ordinary truthfulness – insists to "Christ" that Jesus's message can only survive clothed in the language of miracle and power.

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The Telegraph

having tackled God he had neglected to write about the figure of Jesus - the .

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Suite 101

(The Shed Where God Died" by Steve Meacham, December 13, 2003.) With that in mind, it makes sense that the agnostic author's latest book, The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ, is about physically and spiritually killing the Jesus.

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Independent.ie

Pullman seems greatly concerned with how the story of Jesus Christ originated and has said the book is "a story about how stories become stories".

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Open Salon

The audio book is read by Pullman in his best ex-British public school teacher voice, and you can even sync between the two, reading while listening, or switching to audio while you do the dishes.

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Vivid Scribe

Situating The Good Man Jesus and The Scoundrel Christ within this series is important in that it reminds us that despite the religion that has grown around the story of Jesus, it is still a story, a myth, a legend with many different versions and many different interpretations.

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