The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ

The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ

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The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ is the remarkable new piece of fiction from best-selling and famously atheistic author Philip Pullman. By challenging the events of the gospels, Pullman puts forward his own compelling and plausible version of the life of Jesus, and in so doing, does what all great books do: makes the reader ask questions. 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 more

Product details

  • Hardback | 245 pages
  • 142.24 x 210.82 x 25.4mm | 476.27g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 080212996X
  • 9780802129963
  • 423,141

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"Inspiring . . . Again and again, [Pullman] displays a marvelous sense of the elemental power of Jesus's instructions and parables. Even when he transforms the canonical stories to match his atheist perspective, he emphasizes the basic Christian theme of universal love. . . . The action moves toward a conclusion that's inevitable but still startling and moving. Yes, some Christians will be offended by this book . . . but any honest reader will find here a brisk and bracing story of profound implications. And it's bound to send some readers back to the Bible, looking more closely at Jesus's words and especially at all those other words crowded around Him."--"The Washington Post " "[Philip Pullman is] one of the finest British writers of his generation. . . . The attention-grabbing title alone--"The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ"--has been enough to rouse his enemies, and reinforce his image as a church-baiting atheist who's beyond redemption. . . . Yet this isn't the indiscriminate anger of a proselytizing atheist. Pullman is too fair-minded. . . . Love his answers or not, Pullman's honesty is hard to hate."--"Newsweek" "The erudite fantasy author, Philip Pullman, makes explicit his complaint against Christian dogma with [this] challenging deconstruction of the Gospels." --"Entertainment Weekly" "[With]" His Dark Materials," his masterpiece trilogy . . . Pullman has written the most thrilling and imaginative novels in a generation. . . . The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ is a masterfully timed book, arriving just as the Catholic Church--Pullman's enemy No. 1--convulses over priestly child abuse and papal cover-ups. . . . 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?"--"Slate" "Imaginative and thought-provoking . . . A compelling portrait of Jesus . . . [Pullman] is asking readers to move beyond theology and religion. Ashow more

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