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Philip Pullman discusses freedom of speech
In this ingenious and spellbinding retelling of the life of Jesus, Philip Pullman reimagines the most influential story ever told. Charged with mystery, compassion and great power, The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ says something new about who Jesus was and asks questions that will resonate long after the book has been read.
The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ is subversive, thought-provoking and deeply moving. Pullman’s storytelling genius shows just why the charismatic person of a spontaneous, articulate Jesus has captured the hearts and minds of so many. Right to the end the betrayal of Jesus retains the intensity and suspense of high drama. As does the identity of Jesus Christ.
The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ could change the way you think about religion, about God, and about one of the most enduring stories of all time.
There is nothing disrespectful in this intriguing take on the Gospels. Pullman deftly reflects the essential dualism of the Christian philosophy by dividing the historical figure we know as Jesus Christ, into fictional twins.
Pullman’s book tackles the same task [as Jefferson’s The Philosophy of Jesus] imaginatively, rather powerfully making the point that once you add magic to Jesus’s message you dull its radical challenge and pave the way to intolerance.
Five hundred years ago Pullman would have been burnt at the stake as a heretic. Now his ideas merely set the debate alight.
Clearly and distinctly written…the book’s very clarity opens on to stunning complexity…. Whether you are a Christian or not, a believer or not, Pullman’s latest book might aid in a struggle for—as much as against—faith.