3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 9 October 2011
At the moment I'm in the process of reading critiques of Philip Pullman's work. Much of this comes from the pen of Christians. Many suggest that Pullman is 'against religion' - assuming that religion is synonymous with Christianity, which of course, it isn't. The essays in 'The Pied Piper of Atheism' adopt a similar stance towards 'truth'. Pullman's ideas are in contradiction to the 'Truth' of Holy Scripture - in other words, the Bible and associated Christian doctrines. This assumption is found throughout this book. Isn't it obvious that Christianity has a monopoly on truth, beauty and goodness? This is what the authors of this laughable series of bald assertions believe, and would have everyone else believe. I can't find one 'argument' in this embarrassing tract. It is pure polemic. Only buy it if you're an insecure and intellectually challenged Christian who needs to be reminded that you and the rest of your tribe are in possession of the only truth and are the only decent people on Earth. In the past people like Philip Pullman would have been dragged out of their houses and hanged or burned by his Christian opponents. I suppose this book is an unintentional symbol of just how far free thinking writers, artists, philosophers and scientists have helped us progress as a species. If this is the best they can do, everyone else has nothing to worry about any more.
8 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 28 June 2009
Once again faith can't take a little criticism and feel they should have complete protection against criticism. Que the writing of this book!
Philip Pullman is a brilliant author and his Dark Materials Trilogy is a joy to read. Children I feel wouldn't view the book as fundamentalist followers of faith seem to. If they do see the underlying message of the horror of faith and how it can control, undermine, and cause utter sadness, along with the importance of a secular society then well done to them and what wonderful, broad minded adults they will become. I personally feel children should be taught how to think and not what to think and be given the opportunity to learn both sides.
Don't read this absolute rubbish. If you read this book especially after being offended by the Dark Materials Trilogy then I'm sure you're the kind of person who goes around looking to be offended so you can be outraged!
This book only caters to the small mindedness of people of faith and the fact they they feel they have no right to be challenged!
Carry on Phillip you're the greatest!