The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ
The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ is a novel by Philip Pullman.
Published in 2010 by Canongate Books, 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.
While Christopher Hitchens, author of God Is Not Great, praised Pullman's His Dark Materials, he was more critical of The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ, accusing Pullman of being a "Protestant atheist" for supporting the teachings of Christ but being critical of organised religion.
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- 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..
- Hitchens, Christopher (9 July 2010). "In the Name of the Father, the Sons ..." The New York Times. Retrieved 30 June 2017.
- MacCulloch, Diarmaid. "All Too Human", Literary Review. Retrieved 12 December 2020
- The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ website
- Review of Philip Pullman's Jesus and The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ
- Sermon given at Westminster Abbey on The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ