Philip Pullman and “the Scoundrel Christ”

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Alison Flood in The Guardian:

He enraged America’s religious right with his portrayal of God as a senile old man in the His Dark Materials trilogy, and now Philip Pullman is set to court more Christian controversy – this time with a novel about “the Scoundrel Christ”.


The book will provide a new account of the life of Jesus, challenging the gospels and arguing that the version in the New Testament was shaped by the apostle Paul. “By the time the gospels were being written, Paul had already begun to transform the story of Jesus into something altogether new and extraordinary, and some of his version influenced what the gospel writers put in theirs,” said Pullman, who last year pronounced himself delighted that the His Dark Materials trilogy was one of the most “challenged” series in America’s libraries, boasting the most requests for removal from the shelves because of its “religious viewpoint”.

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Nicholas Knisely
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Nicholas Knisely

Well now, that's an original charge. If someone as creative as Pullman tries to be can't come up with anything more damning than that, it makes one wonder about the future of anti-Christian polemic.

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Michel Salim
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If his beef is with Paul, then the title The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Paul would have been much more appropriate.

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