What It Means To Live In A World Without Censorship

This week Philip Pullman, author of the His Dark Materials series, gracefully answered a question he's asked often (and I paraphrase): Why must he insist on offending people with books that attack the Christian Church?


Pullman's latest novel, The Good Man Jesus and The Scoundrel Christ, comes out tomorrow.

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Anekanta - spoon denier

While I certainly believe in asking potent questions and getting people to think about things—especially matters of faith... I also believe people and their beliefs deserve a certain level of respect.

In other words, in the whole Atheism vs. Religion debate, everybody on both sides needs to just chill out and realize that their opponents are human too, just that they hold a different view.

I've seen both the religious and the non-religious take cheap shots at each other, and that never helps anything.

If Pullman is legitimately exploring different ideas of religion, that's fine, but I don't like the idea of deliberately pushing people's buttons just to get a rise out of them.