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!