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2685Re: Re: [mythsoc] Pullman about Lewis

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  • Sophie Masson
    Nov 1, 2000
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      I know that Philip thought quite a lot of Peter Goldthwaite's book, The
      Natural History of Make-Believe, which is actually written by a man with a
      Christian point of view, but which is rather scathing about both Tolkien and
      Lewis(but complimentary say about Greene or Collodi). I've bought the book
      and read it; it's interesting and wellwritten though I'm not convinced by
      Goldthwaite's arguments. Basically he doesn't like the idea of sub-creation,
      as Tolkien put it.
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      From: <alexeik@...>
      To: <mythsoc@egroups.com>
      Sent: Wednesday, 1 November 2000 10:47
      Subject: Re: Re: [mythsoc] Pullman about Lewis

      > In a message dated 10/31/0 9:25:34 PM, Christine wrote:
      > <<I did find the first book quite interesting, the second book left rather
      > bitter taste. It was not altogether suprising that he is anti-religious
      > (rather than un-religious, if you will).>>
      > I don't think he's anti-religious (at least, I don't think he'd describe
      > himself that way) so much as anti-Christian or anti-theist. What bothered
      > most about it is that his views don't seem to be thought through very
      > they're full of inconsistencies that become more and more jarring as the
      > progresses. Ursula Le Guin's world-view is probably non-Christian to the
      > degree (and essentially non-theistic), yet it's never bothered me because
      > it's both consistent and very rich, and it has a balance to it that sees
      > need to attack what it's not. Pullman annoys me in the same way that
      > fundamentalist-Christian fantasies a la Frank Peretti irritate me, except
      > that luckily he writes a thousand times better, and *does* have much more
      > depth.
      > << I really doubt that I will pick up
      > the third volume.>>
      > You should: it has some really wonderful things in it, although, as I
      said, I
      > found the conclusion disappointing.
      > Alexei
      > The Mythopoeic Society website http://www.mythsoc.org
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