March 22, 2010

Pullman condemned to hell over “Scoundrel Christ”

by Benjamin Graham

Novelist Philip Pullman has been bombarded with angry letters ahead of the publication of his new book, “The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ”.

The best-selling children’s author has received numerous letters accusing him of blasphemy and condemning him to “eternal hell” and “damnation by fire”.

In the new book Pullman claims that Jesus lived 2,000 years ago, but that Christ, as the son of God, was invented by the apostle Paul.

“By the time the gospels were being written, Paul had already begun to transform the story of Jesus into something altogether new and extraordinary, and some of his version influenced what the gospel writers put in theirs,” Pullman said in an interview with The Sunday Times.

“Paul was a literary and imaginative genius of the first order who has probably had more influence on the history of the world than any other human being, Jesus certainly included. I believe this is a pity.”

He added that the threats were from people who were concerned about the new book.

“Many refer to the title itself, for which there is clearly a passionate objection from some out there,” he said.

“The letter writers essentially say that I am a wicked man, who deserves to be punished in hell.

“Luckily it’s not in their power to do anything like sending me there.”

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