THIS would at first glance seem to be a good book to recommend to freethinkers. The author, Philip Pullman, above, is a prominent supporter of freethinking and Humanists UK.
He separates out Jesus Christ into 2 separate beings: Jesus and Christ. Jesus teaches the moral messages of Christianity and is the goody. Meanwhile Christ lurks in the background until ultimately betraying Jesus to the Romans. This leads of course to the latter’s crucifixion. Christ represents organised Christianity and is the baddy.
At the end Pullman comments on his own book in an afterword.
The idea is a good one, but it just didn’t work for me. The messages of Jesus are presented in a very simple way, a primer for children. The latter part of the book focuses on events leading up to the crucifixion of Jesus. I have always hated the way Christians obsess over all the gory details of the crucifixion, but Pullman seems to revel in it.
The book is well written, as one would expect from as distinguished an author as Pullman. He makes the general point that organised Christianity has distorted the pure original teaching of Jesus.
But other than that I did not get any particular point of it for freethinkers. Maybe your readers can indicate what I missed.
• The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ is available from Amazon.