Just a little while ago this morning, I heard an interview with Philip Pullman on NPR about his current book, The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ. Jesus apparently is a decent guy who tells people decent things; Christ apparently is the smarmy twin brother who, for various rasons, embellishes what Jesus says and turns it into a religion.
Oh, boy. Another opportunity for religious and non-religious people to have at it and (after whacking each other with various arguments) come away still not willing to LISTEN to what the “other side” has to say.
Another opportunity for religious and non-religious people to insist that this is evidence that human culture is either about to fall into an abyss or begin the dawning of some new utopian dream.
Meanwhile, I think that for people of faith who are truly concerned about how to respond, the best way to counter Pullman’s latest effort is to do much more walking of their walk and as little talking of their talk as possible. Oh, and buying a copy of his current book and actually reading it with a desire to understand . . . that wouldn’t hurt either.