Posted by Christopher Johnson | Monday, March 29th, 2010 | Uncategorized | 31 Comments
Why am I not an atheist? Apart from the fact that I can’t make the cosmological logic work, that atheism murdered more people in one century than religion supposedly did in twenty and that acts of non-religious altruism can be counted on one hand(not a lot of atheist-run food banks out there), I’m not an atheist because I just can’t make myself associate with pathetic little weenies like Phil Pullman:
Bestselling British author Philip Pullman risks offending Christians with his latest book, a fictional account of the “good man Jesus” and the “scoundrel Christ.”
Yet another attack on Christianity. Carl?
Thanks, man. Alas and alack, whatever shall we Christians do?!!
The 63-year-old, an outspoken atheist, angered some members of the Catholic Church with a thinly veiled attack on organized religion in his hugely successful “His Dark Materials” trilogy, the first of which was turned into a Hollywood blockbuster.
Wasn’t that much of a blockbuster if I remember correctly.
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.
An “exploration of the foundations of Christianity and the church.” Written by an atheist. Okay, I’ll take a stab at it. Really good man with nothing divine about him at all whose teachings were distorted into something he never intended?
In the novel, Jesus has a twin brother called Christ who secretly records and embellishes his brother’s teachings.
Johnson, top of the arc, SWISH, nothing but net!! At least Phil’s got an original plot. By the way, did you know that the Pope’s got a brother named XVI and that Catherine of Russia had two sisters named The and Great?
Pully, by the way, is one of those “brave” artists who grab you by the collar, slam you up against a wall and spend fifteen to twenty minutes making sure you understand just how incredibly courageous he really is.
When one man said Christians would be upset to hear Christ referred to as a “scoundrel,” Pullman replied:
“I knew it was a shocking thing to say, but no one has the right to live without being shocked. Nobody has to read this book … and no one has the right to stop me writing this book.”
Whatever, freakshow. Phil, nobody is impressed by this crap anymore.