Golden Compass Part II

Toward the end of The Golden Compass, Lord Asriel makes comments pretty negative to "the church." The Magisterium, which seems to be an organization created by "the church" to deal with the problem of other worlds and official church doctrine, seems to be modeled after the Catholic Church.

I guess this is why so many consider this book anti-Catholic or even anti-Christian. I don't consider it to be any more anti-Christian than any fantasy built off of familiar institutions. Some feel that Harry Potter books are anti-Christian because they present wizardry as real.

People shouldn't be so sensitive. I understand Philip Pullman has stated outright that he isn't a believer in the Christian sense. He seems to be grounded in the natural world rather than the supernatural. Do authors have to adopt foreign world views to write novels? He's written about a world in which a church has gone wrong. Various religious institutions have gone on power trips over our real history. Why fault this author for creating one of his own?

The story is enticing because it is complex. You'd think Lord Asriel would end up being a warm-hearted soul once Lyra finally reunites with him. He's not. He is still a cold, logical academician. I look forward to moving on to the other books in this series. I think Pullman has put enough complexity into the relationships to make these books fascinating as character studies, as well as exciting as adventure stories.