Okay, I thought people overreacted with all the anti-Pullman buzz around his collection of young adult books, eerily titled “His Dark Materials.” I mean, there’s nothing wrong with a little criticism of the Catholic Church, especially these days. And, as a general policy, I think Christianity needs its critics.

This is why I’m particularly interested in Pullman’s latest offering. If you think “His Dark Materials” was provocatively titled, try The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ on for size. Woah.

The premise of this book (which I’ve only just begun reading) is that Mary actually gave birth to two babies on that first Christmas, Jesus and Christ. One baby was strong and healthy, the other weak and infirm. In just the first few chapters its amazing how seemlessly Pullman incorporates his new narrative with that found in the Gospels. Intriguing, indeed.

I’ll be reading and writing about this novel in the weeks to come, but I wanted to bring your attention to it here. Anybody else want to take up this book with me and discuss it in the next month or so?

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Jonathan D. Fitzgerald

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