The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ
By Philip Pullman
(Canongate Books, Hardcover, 9780802129963, 245pp.)
Publication Date: May 2010
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In Pullman's own words, The story I tell comes out of the tension within the dual nature of Jesus Christ, but what I do with it is my responsibility alone. Parts of it read like a novel, parts like history, and parts like a fairy tale; I wanted it to be like that because it is, among other things, a story about how stories become stories.
Written with unstinting authority, "The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ" is a pithy, erudite, subtle, and powerful book by a controversial and beloved author. It is a text to be read and reread, studied and unpacked, much like the Good Book itself.
In his new novel, The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ, Pullman, the noted atheist and author of the His Dark Materials trilogy, imagines Jesus as a preacher propped up by his ambitious, less moral twin, Christ. More at NPR.org
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