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The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ…

The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ

by Philip Pullman

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Fun, interesting and a little bit flammable. ( )
  pan0ramix | Nov 25, 2014 |
A subtly altered re-telling of the New Testament, which achieves its antireligious message because of its faithfulness to the source material, rather than because of its difference from it.

In literary terms, this book was outshined by both Colm Toibin's The Testament of Mary and JM Coetzee's The Childhood of Jesus, both published a couple of years after Pullman's. ( )
  sometimeunderwater | Sep 10, 2014 |
I wish they allowed half stars, otherwise this would have gotten a two and a half. ( )
  abbeyhar | Jul 23, 2014 |
I wish they allowed half stars, otherwise this would have gotten a two and a half. ( )
  abbeyhar | Jul 23, 2014 |
A very creative premise marred by the same overly didactic vices that characterized the third book of His Dark Materials, only worse in this case. ( )
  nosajeel | Jun 21, 2014 |
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Det är skickligt, fast stundtals undrar jag varför jag ska läsa Pullman och inte originalet. Byta ut de övernaturliga passagerna mot rationalistiska kan jag göra själv. Men låt oss stanna vid det som är specifikt för Pullmans version.
"The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ" was commissioned by its publisher, Canongate, as part of a series in which the world's great myths "are retold in a contemporary and memorable way." This one comes up decidedly short of the mark.
A very bold and deliberately outrageous fable, then, rehearsing Pullman's familiar and passionate fury at corrupt religious systems of control – but also introducing something quite different, a voice of genuine spiritual authority. Because that is what Pullman's Jesus undoubtedly is.
I said earlier that Pullman was a Protestant atheist. Even so, he may well have been annoyed at the welcome given to his book by the clerical establishment in the person of the archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev. Rowan Williams, who has described the “Jesus” character as “a voice of genuine spiritual authority” and the book itself as “mostly Pullman at his very impressive best, limpid and economical.”


this latest attempt to secularize Messianism is a disappointment to those of us who can never forgive the emperor Constantine, not just for making Christianity a state dogma, but for making humanity hostage to the boring village quarrels and Bronze Age fables that were drawn from what remains the world’s most benighted region.
Which brings us to Pullman's new work, The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ, which is, to put it mildly, a very strange book. Superficially a novel, it is Pullman's attempt to graft his belief system onto the life of Jesus, to mutate Christianity into a kind of Pullmanism. Give Pullman high marks for moxie: How many writers would dare to try to rewrite—no, to repair—the most famous, most sacred story ever written?

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This is the story of Jesus and his brother Christ, of how they were born, of how they lived and of how one of them died.
Jesus praying: "Lord, if I thought you were listening, I'd pray for this above all: that any church set up in your name should remain poor, and powerless, and modest. That it should wield no authority except that of love. That it should never cast anyone out. That it should own no property and make no laws. That it should not condemn but only forgive..." p.199.
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A reworking of the Gospel narratives describing the birth of twins, one called Jesus and the other nicknamed Christ and how Christ ultimately betrays Jesus in an attempt to preserve his essential message.
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Re-imagines the life of Jesus based on considerations of his dual nature, key Gospel stories, and the formulation of Church tenets.

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