Greek court lifts ban on book on Christ dubbed 'blasphemous'

Posted: Friday, July 14, 2000

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) -- A book banned after the Greek Orthodox Church condemned it as ''blasphemous'' is back on sale.

In March, a court for northern Greece temporarily banned sales of ''M to the Power of N'' by Mimi Androulakis, a former Communist parliament deputy. That ban has been lifted, pending a final ruling expected in August.

The book consists of women's fictional dialogues, mostly about misogyny, and has passages on Jesus Christ's possible sexual longings for Mary Magdalene.

The injunction was filed by history professor Marios Pylavakis and two others who argued that Christ's life could not be subject to fictional reinterpretation.

In June, an Athens court threw out a demand to ban the book.

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