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Shedding Light on His Dark Materials: Exploring Hidden Spiritual Themes in Philip Pullman's Popular Series

Author(s): Kurt Bruner, Jim Ware
Publisher: SaltRiver
Publication Date: September 13, 2007
Format: Hardcover, 192 Pages
ISBN: 1414315643









Editorial Overview

Best selling authors of Finding God in the Lord of the Rings Kurt Bruner and Jim Ware team up again in a study of Philip Pullmans popular His Dark Materials fantasy series. Unlike authors such as J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis, Pullman writes from an intentionally anti-Christian perspective. As the authors explore Pullmans themes, characters, and charges against Christianity, they ultimately conclude that though Pullman intended to do just the opposite, he has created a cosmos that seems to confirm the existence of a loving God--one where truth wins out over deception, grace trumps the virtue of self-reliance, and relationship is prized above independence. Released in conjunction with the major feature film, Shedding Light on His Dark Materials will equip parents, teachers, and readers to better understand and respond to Pullmans brilliant but troubling work.

A universe shot through from end to end with shafts of strangely conspicuous light . . .

So Kurt Bruner and Jim Ware describe the worlds Lyra, Will, and their fellow characters inhabit in Philip Pullmans popular His Dark Materials series. The authors argue that, though he intended to do just the opposite, Pullman has created a cosmos that seems to confirm the existence of a loving Godone where truth wins out over deception, grace trumps the virtue of self-reliance, and relationship is ultimately prized above independence.

Whether you're a fan of His Dark Materials or a concerned observer of the phenomenon Pullman has produced, you're sure to gain new insights into this best-selling author and his series through these thought-provoking reflections.

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