The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ

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The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ
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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]


  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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