Pullman on Lewis

Pullman on C.S. Lewis: “[He] was a man of great intelligence and a very fine critic. He said some very sensible and interesting things about writing for children, for example. But when he wrote fiction, something strange entered into him.”

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  • Pullman’s pretty cute. I’m about a hundred pages into through his third book in the trilogy now and it’s clear that he’s confused by the subject he’s writing about. So far though there isn’t much in the books that believers need to worry about. And if the climax plays out at all like I’m presuming, there won’t be any worry at all.

    His criticisms of Lewis are hit and miss. Lewis’ perspective on women is a bit boorish and is probably about what one would expect from a literary scholar in Britain around the first half of the 20th century. Still in the interview Pullman asks the ridiculous question: “What would you think about Christianity if your only source of information were The Chronicles of Narnia?” The question is such a hoot because no one in their right mind would look to a book that vaguely touches on Christian principle to be their guidebook into that of which the faith consists.

    Applying a similar rubric, What would you think about atheism if your only source of information were The Golden Compass? Well, for one, that violence was an awesome solution to most problems, war is glory, and adults are not to be trusted.

  • Forget His Dark Materials, there’s an even worse book out there where God ends up being killed!

    We should all protest against the New Testament now!

  • Alan Noble

    Whose protesting?

  • David Dunham

    I am not really sure what Alex’s comment means?

    Are you being sardonic or serious? In either case I’ll take issue with you.

  • I would explain but I don’t wanna post spoilers…

  • Rich Clark