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Friday, 16 April 2010

Philip Pullman

I read Philip Pullman's The Good Man Jesus and that Scoundrel Christ with interest. It is an imaginative re-telling of the story in the Gospels from Jesus' birth, life, death and resurrection. He splits Jesus into two. Jesus himself and his twin brother Christ who faithfully records Jesus' words for posterity. The book offers some interesting thoughts on the way what actually happened becomes history and is distorted in the telling.

What I think is upsetting people more than anything is that the book highlights to difference between Christianity and the institution of the Church. Pullman has always said he is not anti religion but anti Church - not the same thing at all. Christianity as a belief system would still exist even if there was no Church to structure it. Isn't the quotation - 'when two or more are gathered together in my name . . . '?

An interesting book though I still prefer the King James version of the Bible because of the resonance of the language.

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