The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ

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The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ
The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ cover.jpg
Author Philip Pullman
Publisher Canongate Books
Publication date
Pages 245
ISBN 978-0-8021-2996-3
OCLC 456177369

The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ is a novel by Philip Pullman. Published in 2010 by Canongate Books,[1] as part of the Canongate Myth Series, it retells the story of Jesus as if he were two people, brothers, "Jesus" and "Christ," with contrasting personalities; Jesus being a moral and godly man, and his brother Christ a calculating figure who wishes to use Jesus' legacy to found a powerful Church.[2][3]

Pullman's historical understanding has been criticised by Jesuit theologian Professor Gerald O'Collins.[4] Diarmaid MacCulloch reviewed the book positively for Literary Review.[5] Brian McClorry concluded, "Is it Pullman who is the scoundrel as O’Collins suggests? I don’t think so... There are some failures of historical imagination, and some real successes of Pullman’s storytelling avocation... All this is honourable enough, though I’d back O’Collins both in being honourable and in having a better sense of that truth which is in history.".


  1. ^ "Philip Pullman's 'Scoundrel Christ' gets the "enhanced" treatment". The Independent (Independent Print Limited). 2010-03-29. Retrieved 2010-12-03. 
  2. ^ Philip Pullman creates a darker Christ in new assault on the church (retrieved 30 March 2010)
  3. ^ Philip Pullman to publish novel about 'the Scoundrel Christ' (retrieved 30 March 2010)
  4. ^ Gerald O’Collins, 2010, Philip Pullman’s Jesus, Darton Longman and Todd, ISBN 978-0-232-52806-0. Both books have been reviewed by Brian McClorry S.J..
  5. ^ MacCulloch, Diarmaid. "All Too Human", Literary Review, retrieved 9 January 2011

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