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Philip Pullman urges his critics to read the Bible

16th August 2010

Renowned atheist and prolific author Philip Pullman has urged his critics to actually read the Bible before confronting him about his often-controversial novels.

Speaking at this year's Edinburgh International Book Festival alongside former Anglican bishop Professor Richard Harries, Pullman was reported by the BBC as saying that 'far too many people who have shouted at me for one reason or another' have never actually read the New Testament.

Pullman was promoting his unabashedly confrontational take on the gospel, The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ.

In the book, Pullman explores the differences between Jesus the person and Jesus as a faith figure.

He portrays the son of God as a deeply troubled individual who finds himself being manipulated into fashioning himself as an iconic figure for the fledgling church.

Professor Harries commended Pullman for writing with a certain amount of 'moral clout' but accused the author of not being true to the New Testament himself.

Earlier this year, Pullman, author of His Dark Materials, commended Dorset County Council for proposing the creation of a 'living monument' to commemorate extinct species.

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