His Dark Materials

I’ve been reading (as part of my endless quest to never write a dissertation proposal) Philip Pullman’s series that started w/ the Golden Compass lately. Supposedly, this is an atheist’s answer to C.S. Lewis, and the novels are certainly enjoyable and present stupid churchey nonsense in the bad light in which it ought to be presented, BUT… midway through the second book, it reads like he ripped a lot of stuff rather off from L. Ron Hubbard more than anyone — the Xemu/thetans thing. Oy. But perhaps he’ll whip that away too.

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