Re:Pullman was Re: [mythsoc] Potter publisher promotion
- In a message dated 8/10/0 12:20:50 AM, you wrote:
<<Pullman may not be antireligious, but comments he has made in various venues
(interviews primarily) do suggest a rather hostile attitude to
traditional/orthodox Christianity. Keep in mind that His Dark Materials is
Paradise Lost rewritten for the late 20th century and for an adolescent
(I'm not making this up, these are Pullman's words from interviews). And he
a rather interesting (nice bland adjective there, but I don't want to
characterize his thoughts/beliefs further) take on the Fall (both the historic
one [for those who believe in the Fall] and the poetic one in Paradise Lost).
>>My impression, from the internal logic of the story thus far as I perceive
it, is that Lyra (who is evidently the "New Eve") will make a sort of "plague
on both your houses" choice, rejecting both God and Satan and allowing
humanity to become independent of both. Not a "Christian" perspective,
obviously; but understandable if "God" and "Satan" are taken to be extremes
of Order and Chaos manifest in culture.