Tuesday 23 May 2017

Side Line: Philip Pullman again risks offending Christians with his latest book

Mike Collett-White

BEST-SELLING British author Philip Pullman again risks offending Christians with his latest book, a fictional account of the "good man Jesus" and the "scoundrel Christ".

The 63-year-old, an outspoken atheist, angered some members of the Catholic Church with a thinly veiled attack on organised religion in his hugely successful 'His Dark Materials' trilogy, the first of which was turned into a Hollywood blockbuster.

But 'The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ' is a far more direct exploration of the foundations of Christianity and the church as well as an examination of the fascination and power of storytelling.

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