The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ
In this latest installment in the Myths Series, acclaimed children’s author Philip Pullman revisits the life of Jesus of Nazareth. In the Gospel according to Pullman, twin sons are born of Mary: Jesus and Christ. Jesus is the familiar hero, with Christ being the maker of his myth, infusing the bare historical record with a higher truth while being aided and abetted in his task by a sinister stranger patterned after Dostoyevsky’s Grand Inquisitor. Pullman’s ultimate point only has to do with the human need to find comfort in stories, but this isn’t a particularly new approach to understanding Christianity.