This interview was done by a Christian group.http://www.thirdway.org.uk/past/showpage.asp?page=3949My favorite response:"The totality of what I know is no more than the tiniest pinprick of light in an enormous encircling darkness of all the things I don’t know – which includes the number of atoms in the Atlantic Ocean, the thoughts going through the mind of my next-door neighbour at this moment and what is happening two miles above the surface of the planet Mars. In this illimitable darkness there may be God and I don’t know, because I don’t know.But if we look at this pinprick of light and come closer to it, like a camera zooming in, so that it gradually expands until here we are, sitting in this room, surrounded by all the things we do know – such as what the time is and how to drive to London and all the other things that we know, what we’ve read about history and what we can find out about science – nowhere in this knowledge that’s available to me do I see the slightest evidence for God.So, within this tiny circle of light I’m a convinced atheist; but when I step back I can see that the totality of what I know is very small compared to the totality of what I don’t know. So, that’s my position."So very descriptive!
what a great interview!yeah, he HATES C.S. Lewis...I find it almost comical at times. I'd really like to meet Philip Pullman.
he HATES C.S. LewisI just saw the Chronicles of Narnia movie today with a bunch of friends. I think it's really ironic. Literary!hatred is tantalising.
I think authors are just like any other professional - the more accomplished you are, the more your opinions are firmly ensconced. If someone comes along with opinions that completely contradict yours, or if you suspect them of breaking whatever rule you think is most heinous (- in Pullman's eyes, C.S. Lewis allows his works to be deified, which Pullman does not believe they were intended to be) - then you can't find commonality with that person.I LOVED the Narnia film, and my husband and I both love the books. But we are not coming from an author's point of view.Along the same vein; I am an actress, so I do get hot under the collar when I feel actors are unjustly deified for what I consider to be marginal acting. But that's what I know best, so it upsets me most. :)
I LOVED the Narnia filmI loved it as well, even though I'm possibly the only person here who hasn't yet read the books, so I reserve no right to direct comment on C.S Lewis works and intentions in that regard. But I can see what Pullman is trying to represent through his disenchantment with Lewis, possibly because he can support his argument both eloquently and rationally. At the same time, I'd definitely try to look at things from Lewis' perspective as well by reading the Narnia books [as soon as I have some time!].
Read The Screwtape Letters when you have a chance as well - as Pullman said, they do a better job of showing some of Lewis' more complicated philosophies. I am one of the children who grew up with the Narnia books without ever suspecting they were supposed to be an allegory - and whether they are or not is still debatable; however, since the hype that surrounded the opening of the film, it's very difficult to NOT think about it now. It's the only thing I think is rather ruined for me. I don't mind Christianity, but I don't like one of my childhood memories reduced to a religious evangelical pamphlet.
Read The Screwtape Letters when you have a chanceI surely will.I don't mind Christianity, but I don't like one of my childhood memories reduced to a religious evangelical pamphlet.Very well said. I think thsame is the with every religion and every piece of literature from any part of the world and how some elements in the society see it fit to manipulate it all. ...and I also just got an idea. Since we're actually discussing things here, we should totally have a 'quote of the week' section in the community's userinfo [I'm making it pretty soon, trust me! :P].
I am one of the children who grew up with the Narnia books without ever suspecting they were supposed to be an allegoryI was too. It was not until the movie that I heard of such parallels. And then it was overt; I thought that at the stone tablets the sisters were painfully like Mary and Mary Madgdelene(sp?) to the extent that it was almost funny to me...weeping and then 'we must tell the others he is gone!' etc.
When I was watching the movie, the concept of Aslan willingly giving his life for the life (lives) of someone else hit me over the head like a ton of bricks (complete with the taunting and torture from the baddies pre-crucifixion. Er, pre-stabbing.). I was like, "Sheesh! How heavy handed! How did I never see this before?"
yes! same here!
Thanks for sharing this wonderful interview. I have it bookmarked and will surely read it as soon as I'm done with the third book. I did follow the link but was scared away by the spoiler warning in the beginning. :P
It was my pleasure, especially to see such a response!It is very good to wait; the third is my favorite and right up until the end I was unsure of what would happen...I've said enough already. :)I hope you enjoy it (although if not it might make for interesting discussion!)