October 19, 1946 – Author Philip Pullman is born in Norwich, England. He is best known for His Dark Materials, theÂ award-winning trilogy for young adults that was condemned by religionists as sacrilegious and blasphemous. He courted further controversy with his 2010 novel The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ, which reimagines the New Testament MessiahÂ as brothers with contrasting personalities.
October 19, 1969 – Trey Parker is born in Conifer, Colorado. He is best known for co-creating, with writing partner Matt Stone, the satirical animated comedy series South Park, and the award-winning stage musical The Book of Mormon. Parker is sympathetic to believers, but of Christianity he said, “The story of Jesus makes no sense to me. God sent his only son. Why could God only have one son and why would he have to die? Itâ€™s just bad writing, really. And itâ€™s really terrible in about the second act.”
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