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Man, I hate it when I stumble across an article and it's years old. I found this through a Google search and I'd like to talk about it with you, but I don't know if you're at all interested anymore.

Fr. Greg, you're spot on about the relevance here to Martin's diabolical ideology.

Steve, you're right about the god who dies being the gnostic demiurge, but Pullman is also identifying the demiurge with the God proclaimed by the Church. In reality, which is thankfully separate from Pullman's mind, the Church denounced the "theology" of the demiurge instead of embracing it, as did Pullman's Magisterium. Pullman himself is quick, and quite proud, to insist that the demiurge and Yahweh are one and the same.

The god who dies, in a battle as ludicrous as something out of Frank Peretti, is not YHWH, or the Holy and Undivided Trinity, but the gnostic demiurge.

Not to be overly sensationalistic, but Pullman's trilogy reeks of what might be called the ideology of the demonic, as documented, for instance, in Malachi Martin's "Hostage to the Devil".

Thanks for this. The trailers look really spooky. I'm thankful your daughters had you to talk to about the books.

Thanks for this link. I forgot to mention that Pullman specifically names the object of his deicide "Yahweh." It would be inconceivable for my Orthodox Jewish acquaintances to even pick up his books, let alone read them: they cannot even spell out the word "God," writing only "G-d" instead.

I am not so averse to boycotts or complaining about Pullman, as is quite obvious above. But I will purchase Jeffrey Overstreet's book, and look forward to a good read where myth points to truth.

A friend of mine from college is a reviewer of movies for Christianity Today, the author of a book on Christianity and film and a fantasy novel ('Through A Screen Darkly' and 'Auralia's Colors'), and a huge fan of CS Lewis. I thought he offered some fairly balanaced thoughts on TGC here:

If imitation is the best form of flattery, I'd say Pullman pays Dr. Lewis a big compliment. Another unintended truth.

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