Philip Pullman’s “The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ” Myths
Before moving on, Philip Pullman is renowned author of “His Dark materials” and much more. His views and books have been criticized by the church. This book shouldn’t be viewed as an attack on church (unless I’m wrong). More like an awaking, realization of some possibilities the church might be over looking. A Less supernatural view of Jesus and more of natural view on events, which could have taken place?
Jesus Christ or was it Jesus and his twin brother Christ. This is the idea Philip Pullman tosses out with this great book. While some see the bible as fact and/or a form of historical value. This book adds to the idea that there could be historic merit to Jesus. But with the twist, that he had a twin bother that wrote the word of Jesus as his own; not by choose that is. Thought out the book a man, Christ believes to be an angle, requested from him to document his brother’s life. Giving Christ the belief that everything he did would change the world for better.
I really don’t see this book as a way to debunk Jesus. But a way to give Jesus his humanity back. In truth this book feels more realistic then the bible its’ self. Jesus is portrayed as a man pushing equality, but not to be viewed as a king or as a messiah. Thought the book his brother Christ secretly recorded the action and events of his brother. In the end Christ was responsible for Jesus’ betrayal and responsible for his immortality and as the son of god.
I really enjoyed this book, rating this book a 4 out 5. Over on Amazon the average score is 3 ½ stars, its great reading material and worth buying. If you don’t have time to read just pick up the Audible version, it’s narrated by Philip Pullman.