The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ

September 11, 2015

Dear Reader,

What I have for you today is merely a humble book recommendation. I recently took some time out of my week to read The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ by Philip Pullman. The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ-TPIATPullman writes a retelling of the Christ story, imagining that there was not one man Jesus Christ but twin brothers Jesus and Christ. There are apocryphal stories woven in with familiar ones and everything is told from a slightly different perspective than we are all used to. Although and perhaps because the novel is unconventional, it is genuinely thought-provoking. My favorite part of it all, however, was Pullman’s afterword. In it, Pullman explains his reasons for writing and his own religious convictions, positing a thought-experiment for all Christians in name or practice. Would you, he asks, prevent Christ from being crucified if you had the opportunity? Would you prevent his suffering and death if you were somehow able to? There would be no Roman Catholic Church, no divine right, no religious charities etc etc. So would you do it if you had the chance?

Have a read this rainy Friday 🙂

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