Thursday, September 26, 2013
A story about how stories become stories
Title: The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ
By: Philip Pullman
Phillip Pullman’s retelling of the life of Jesus attracted hate mail along with both positive and negative reviews. I found the premise of the book surprising, but came to realize how neatly it provided an analogy of possible differences between the historical man Jesus and the Christ memorialized and mythologized during successive epochs of the Church. Since Christianity is a living world religion, I noticed it was difficult for me to think of Jesus through the lens of mythology, unlike Greek and other ancient or at least distant mythologies/religions. Reading the book as a metaphor rather than an alternate history, I noticed how skillfully the author portrays human tendencies. The pure, idealistic, and loving attitude towards life struggles with the dogmatic, rule-bound, and ultimately selfish outlook. Pullman imagines how Jesus's original words might have been edited and reinterpreted so he can tell us "a story about how stories become stories."
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