The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ emits major levels of suckage, even according to a sympathetic reviewer at the LA Times.
Like so many atheists who approach the figure of Jesus, something goes wonky in Pullman’s brain. He can’t cope with the actual information we have about Jesus, so he just makes up a bunch of twaddle, tells us “I like my twaddle better than reality” and then proceeds to build an elaborate fantasy on the reality and declare himself a genius.
In this case, the conceit is that Mary had twins (after a proper seduction, of course) and named them “Jesus” and “Christ”. Jesus was the good guy, a proper 21st century English leftie who likes the stuff Pullman does. ...READ MORE