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Der Gute Herr Jesus und der Schurke Christus by Philip Pullman
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Feb 04, 2012

really liked it
Read in February, 2012

A somewhat provoking, somewhat new, somewhat predictable, somewhat old, but interesting nonetheless story about the foundation of the biggest religious group, organised Christianity. In Philip Pullman's version there's two main characters, Jesus the prophet who gathers more and more followers teaching them love, remorse and forgiveness, and his twin brother Christ who sees the potential in Jesus' teachings and wants to establish a strong church on this foundation. To achieve this goal, the somewhat Jesus of Pullman's story has to die to become the resurrected son of god he's supposed to be. Even if some help need be done towards the end as not the resurrection itself becomes emmanent for the future organised church but that there's people who believe in it and spread the word...
Jesus' monologue on the Mount of Olives before his arrest is the highlight of this very interesting parable. These nine pages alone are worth reading the book, making it the deep and beautifully critical take on organised religion it is.
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