Pull(man) My Leg

Does Pullman want to “kill god” or is that an urban legend circulated by Rabid Theists? the Friendly Atheist asks, “Does anyone have a citation for this?

Snopes is also on the debunking trail for that email that everyone seems to be getting about the Golden Compass (Which opened this weekend to lacklustre reviews, btw. I’ve not seen it because there is something else I’d rather see this week.)

What is true and what is not?

Huw Richardson wroted this on December 11th, 2007

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5 Responses to “Pull(man) My Leg”

December 11th, 2007 at 10:24 am

Well, I don’t know how much you know about the third novel, but given what occurs in it, it’s actually not that big of a jump from there to talk of Pullman wanting to “kill god.”

December 11th, 2007 at 10:31 am

Wrong contextual killing. The full alleged quote is “kill God in the mind of Children”. Feel free to click through and see what the hubbub is about.

December 11th, 2007 at 11:24 am

Right, but what I meant to say is that even if he didn’t say it, it’s not a huge logical leap from what he wrote. If he’s writing children’s novels about “killing God” (which is something he has said), how is that different from wanting to kill God in the minds of children? BTW, I do actually like his books, despite the heavy-handed ideology.

December 11th, 2007 at 11:38 pm

I think it’s probably more what one of the posters on that thread suggested– that someone put quotes around a statement without quotes, and that could be done without the intent to deceive. In the end, it might be more of a misunderstanding than anything else.