The Amber Spyglass by Phillip Pullman

As I said in my reviews for The Golden Compass and The Subtle Knife, I’m still missing the thing that’s so uproariously anti-Christian in these books!  The trilogy is a fantastical vision of multiple worlds so close together yet so far apart, of two children coming of age and falling in love, of men striving to set right the wrongs of the universe, of women realizing the debts they owe their children. 

Here’s where the story concept deviates so differently from our world view and why (I think) Christians are so afraid of it.  In the worlds of the trilogy, there is no explicit Christ figure.  Mediation between God the divine Authority and man was left up to God’s agents on earth, the Church.  So all of the really evil things you hear about the Church doing so that human kind is redeemed (think Inquisition) are apparently God’s will for mankind.  I don’t know where I was going with this….

This is a brilliant trilogy that was really enjoyable and highly recommendable.  I just hope they make the rest of the movies….

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