The enemy church

Pullman's agenda in 'Compass' and beyond

Philip Pullman, the British author of the fantasy trilogy His Dark Materials, is an avowed atheist who makes no attempt to disguise his distaste for religion and especially for Christianity. As one of his characters (the scientist and ex-nun Mary Malone) says, “The Christian religion is a very powerful and convincing mistake, that’s all.” In a 2001 interview he said, “I’m trying to undermine the basis of Christian belief.”


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