His Dark Materials

His Dark Materials Trilogy, by Philip Pullman, Scholastic Point, 1995-2000.

What a great trilogy.  Pullman was clearly trying to undermine what he understands to be the church, and by most accounts, I’m happy that he’s doing it because his conception of the church is not intended by Christ, either.  The first two books are quite vague on this point, but the third is quite explicit and even attacks the concept of grace fairly vigorously.  Pullman himself  said, “My books are about killing God” in a 2003 interview.  Nonetheless, this fantasy world is fascinating, enjoyable, believable and emotionally satisfying.  Not quite as good as Harry Potter, but pretty darn close in parts.

Well worth the time, if you like fantasy.  Sorry, Pullman, but I’m a Christian minister and you did nothing but bolster my faith in Jesus Christ with these books.  The God you’re destroying is easily destroyed, but he’s not my God.  You may have him mixed up with someone else.  So, thanks!


4 responses to “His Dark Materials

  1. Nice assessment. I particularly enjoyed the last line–a delightful allusion to an NT Wright response I once read about when he was in a similar situation 🙂

  2. I hope this isn’t rude, but I came across this blog entry looking for some artwork about this trilogy, and I really like the picture you have up on this post. I was wondering if you could refer me to where you obtained this picture.
    I hope this comment doesn’t go unnoticed since it seems like many of the posts I have seen are a year or two old.
    On a more related note, it is nice to see a Christian who has an opinion of their own about these books, and doesn’t just discount them as worthless because they feel they are supposed to.

  3. I don’t remember where I got the artwork, but I really do like it.

  4. Hello! I just found your blog searching for pictures of His Dark Materials, and the ones you have here are gorgeous! I also enjoyed reading your review. I am also a Christian, and was aware that His Dark Materials was “controversial,” but absolutely loved them. I think many of the things Pullman proposes were the same original principles Christ meant to propose. It’s too bad so much of it has gotten lost in translation.

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