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Fascinating Interview with Pullman
by Elizabeth (impassioned_)
at June 3rd, 2006 (10:08 pm)

This interview was done by a Christian group.

http://www.thirdway.org.uk/past/showpage.asp?page=3949


My 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!

Comments

Posted by: Moz (peaceinshadows)
Posted at: June 4th, 2006 07:12 pm (UTC)

I LOVED the Narnia film

I 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!].

Posted by: Kat (ellisbell)
Posted at: June 4th, 2006 07:24 pm (UTC)

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.

Posted by: Moz (peaceinshadows)
Posted at: June 5th, 2006 05:01 am (UTC)
how like you to make the world disappear

Read The Screwtape Letters when you have a chance

I 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].

Posted by: Elizabeth (impassioned_)
Posted at: June 6th, 2006 12:48 am (UTC)
allegory


I am one of the children who grew up with the Narnia books without ever suspecting they were supposed to be an allegory

I 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.

Posted by: Kat (ellisbell)
Posted at: June 6th, 2006 01:13 pm (UTC)
what did it for me

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?"

Posted by: Elizabeth (impassioned_)
Posted at: June 6th, 2006 08:43 pm (UTC)
Re: what did it for me

yes! same here!

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