Pullman

Ian W. Riddell iwr77 at hotmail.com
Thu Mar 21 08:32:20 EST 2002


>From: "Rowland, Jennifer A B" <jennifer.rowland at ic.ac.uk>
>Reply-To: dwj at suberic.net
>To: "'dwj at suberic.net'" <dwj at suberic.net>
>Subject: RE: Pullman
>Date: Thu, 21 Mar 2002 11:17:38 -0000
>
>Philip wrote:
> > Now I don't see how it could be morally satisfying for either
> > a Christian or an Atheist to blame God for the sins of the Church (much
>less
> > the God of several worlds for the sins of the Church in one of them).  A
> > Christian should know better, and an Atheist shouldn't have that option.
>
>Well, I don't blame God for the sins of the Church. People are quite 
>capable
>of abusing power structures all by themselves. But it depends on the God- 
>if
>God was as active in smiting his enemies today as he was during the old
>testament, and he never zapped a priest, we could conclude he approved of
>what the priests did. I don't think we see Pullman's Authority actually 
>*do*
>anything, so this explanation is a post hoc one, but it's possible that 
>when
>Pullman was thinking up his god, he thought of him as inciting the church-
>writing on the walls of churches in letters of fire, or speaking to the 
>Pope
>in dreams, or whatever. (If so, however, I would have thought it would come
>across more strongly in the books. Maybe he looked at it the other way
>round- here's a supposedly good and powerful god, looking at terrible 
>things
>done *in his name*, who does nothing to stop them- therefore, he is partly
>responsible.)
>Jennifer
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Of course, by the time of the books, God ("The Authority") is not running 
things and has not been for a long, long time. Metatron is in charge.

just a thought.

widdy

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