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Dark Matter: Shedding Light on Philip Pullman's Trilogy His Dark Materials

Author(s): Tony Watkins
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Publication Date: December 2000 [Second printing: May 2006]
Format: Paperback, 221 Pages
ISBN: 083083379X

Editorial Overview

"My books are about killing God." So declares Philip Pullman. Appealing to millions of children and adults alike, Pullman's books create a universe in which the church is the enemy and God is the master villain. Cultural analyst Tony Watkins offers an evenhanded and appreciative critique of Philip Pullman's books, exploring their religious and scientific underpinnings and highlighting their cultural and spiritual significance. Interacting deeply with Pullman's published writings and providing exclusive interview material, Watkins sheds light and insight on the worldview of one of today's most influential fantasy novelists.

Whether you are a long-time devotee or are discovering Pullman for the first time, Dark Matter is enlightening reading for fans, educators and parents alike.


  • Biography of Philip Pullman
  • Summary of the books of His Dark Materials
  • Theological discussion of His Dark Materials from a Christian perspective

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