Religious Fanatics Threaten Atheist Philip Pullman With Death

goodmanjesusLet’s hope the unhinged religious fanatics targeting Philip Pullman manage to propel him to even greater heights of fame and sales success. From the Times:

The novelist Philip Pullman has been threatened by religious zealots over his new book, The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ.

He has received scores of letters condemning him to “eternal hell” or “damnation by fire” and accusing him of blasphemy.

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

Published next week, the book is written in the form of a gospel. It says that a man called Jesus lived 2,000 years ago but that Christ, as the son of God, was the invention of the disciple Paul.

“The letter writers essentially say that I am a wicked man, who deserves to be punished in hell,” said Pullman. “Luckily it’s not in their power to do anything like sending me there.”

Pullman is expected to have special security when he appears next Sunday at The Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival.

Pullman, famous for the trilogy His Dark Materials, was partly inspired to write the book by Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury. “I was at a debate with him at the National theatre, and he asked why I had not put Jesus in His Dark Materials. So I told him that I would in my next book. And that’s what I have now done.”…

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  • xylus

    Seems to be fatwa envy… Religious fundamentalists of all stripes appear to be emulating the Muslim approach to criticism. Imitation is the sincerest form of fanaticism.

  • http://thefirstchurchofmutterhals.blogspot.com/ mutterhals

    If they're such christians they ought to forgive him, ala Bill Hicks.

    • ebwolf

      They will, silly. After they burn him at the stake, they'll forgive his corpse.

  • Hadrian999

    He should put together a book tour with Salmon Rushdie,
    It could really bring the faiths closer together

    • tonyviner

      Everyone knows that salmon swim against the current, and that philips do not really take to water.

  • http://heartofflame.blogspot.com/ Yewtree

    I was discussing the new Pullman book with some fellow Unitarians and we were saying how awesome it sounded, we can't wait to read it, and Mr Pullman would make an excellent Unitarian. But then we have always regarded Jesus as a human being and the whole Christ thing as a bit of a con. Indeed, in the 1500s, unitarians were burnt at the stake for saying that God is one and Jesus was only a man. Nowadays atheists and humanists and agnostics are welcome to be members of the Unitarian movement.

  • Tuna Ghost

    I can’t imagine why there is so much bitterness toward this book when the exact same subject, by which I mean the hijacking of Christ by Paul, has been treated in a much more scholarly setting by several previously published books. I don’t think Pullman will bring any new light to the subject, even though I loved His Dark Materials (I love how he didn’t admit to any overt church criticisms in His Dark Materials. You’re not fooling anyone, Pullman).

  • Tuna Ghost

    I can't imagine why there is so much bitterness toward this book when the exact same subject, by which I mean the hijacking of Christ by Paul, has been treated in a much more scholarly setting by several previously published books. I don't think Pullman will bring any new light to the subject, even though I loved His Dark Materials (I love how he didn't admit to any overt church criticisms in His Dark Materials. You're not fooling anyone, Pullman).

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