Wednesday, 29 January 2014
Brajesh's Review : The Good Man Jesus And The Scoundrel Christ
"The Good Man Jesus And The Scoundrel Christ" is a part of a "Myth Series", where popular writers have attempted to retell the mythical stories in fictional format. Phillip Pullman has written a brilliant fictional account of twin brothers, which actually mirrors the two contrarian approaches to understanding mainstream religion.
The Jesus looks at purist, love and compassion based connect which is devoid of structured religion and has the freshness of natural wonders. Christ looks at a more practical and rational approach in making mass connect where institutions like Church play a critical role.
Christ's version is governed by the fact that humans are flawed and need guidance, support and institutional interventions to get closer to God. Jesus on the other hand believes that God's connection to Mother Earth is more personal and any discourse on Kingdom of God has to be anchored only in unconditional love and acceptance.
The book worked more for me as it followed my reading of "Jesus of Nazareth" by Reza Aslan. It was nerve tingling to look at the same narrative through the objective historical glass in contrast with the magical lens of fiction.
Rating : 3.5 / 5
Also read : Kim's Review of "The Good Man Jesus And The Scoundrel Christ"