His Dark Materials

Finished Philip Pullman’s trilogy a couple of nights ago.


Just… wow.

On the anti-religious aspect of it – it does come down pretty hard on religion in general, and Christianity in particular, in places. I can see where the controversy comes from. Haven’t seen the movie (and not sure whether I will), but I’ve heard that the religious aspect is heavily toned down; having said that, I can see how you could take the stabs at religion out of the first book and still keep the story intact. If they go on and film The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass, it’s going to be nearly impossible to keep it out.

But, on the… fifth hand, it is fiction. And the weird thing is that it reads more like a Christian heresy than an atheist polemic. I don’t think a Christian would ever have written anything like it; but it is set in a universe where Christianity is much closer to the truth, in some ways, than it is in reality (from an atheist perspective).

Anyway, read it. All of you.


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