Kyla Tornheim kyla at sccs.swarthmore.edu
Thu Mar 14 22:22:18 EST 2002

On Thu, 14 Mar 2002, Robyn Starkey wrote:
> >>Philip Pullman (although I disagree with his worldview, since he has an
> >>excellent grasp of twisted "christianity" but seems to have no concept of
> >>the real thing),
> >
> >Wow.  You have no idea how impressed I am by that succinct description of 
> >your reaction to PP.
> I don't really want to get into a major religious debate, but it seemed to 
> me that Pullman's world view was quite similar to that of the authors he 
> borrowed from so heavily - Blake and Milton, and I don't see how either of 
> them is "twisted" christianity. I had a fairly christian education 
> (broadened by extensive study of medieval literature), and I'm puzzled by 
> what is meant by this comment. Can someone elucidate?
I believe <whoever it was--Philip?> was referring to the rather nasty,
unpleasant view of God (or "God," possibly) put forth by Pullman, with the
actions He does. It made me feel quite ooky. Plus, there was all the wacky
stuff about virginity and innocence and...basically, I really loved these
books and was hugely impressed by them, until my other sci-fi discussion
list brought up all sorts of interesting points/problems which I hadn't
considered. And then I felt ooky.

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