The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ Reviews
"Though he wears his scholarship lightly as befits a master storyteller, there is no doubt in my mind that Pullman has a complete grasp of the intricacies of the quest for the historical Jesus. Like Schweitzer, he thinks Jesus was an immeasurably great man who died to bring in a better world, the difference being that Schweitzer believed Jesus died trying to force God's hand, whereas for Pullman Jesus realised in the garden of Gethsemane that there was probably no God, so any bettering of the human condition is now up to us." - The Guardian (UK)
"I cannot imagine the ironical Jesus taking umbrage at anything in this account of His life. Pullman has done the story a service by reminding us of its extraordinary power to provoke and disturb." - The Telegraph (UK)
"It would be ridiculous (and largely meaningless) to claim that this is the 'improved' version of Jesuss life. However, Pullmans retelling of the central story in western civilisation provides a brilliant new interpretation that is also a thought-provoking reflection on the process of how stories come into existence and accrue their meanings." - The Times (UK)
"A wonderfully fresh reworking of the Gospel stories [concerned with] extricating what is ethically beautiful and of permanent value in Jesuss teachings from the religious institutions that fallibly mediate and self-servingly distort them ... Pullmans imaginative and highly thought-provoking innovation ... is told with a self-effacing, yet incisive limpidity. ... [The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ is] a work of genuine discretion - deeply involved and involving, but with a great instinct for what to leave tacit." - The Independent
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