Navigating the Golden Compass: Religion, Science and Daemonology in His Dark Materials

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Contributors with backgrounds in philosophy, theology, science fiction, and children's literature bring their expertise to this critical investigation of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy, and the insights it offers to today's world. The His Dark Materials trilogy is an unusual sort of young adult series: one that appeals to adults as much as to their children thanks to its richly imagined world, rigorously explored cosmology, and unflinching confrontation of the modern answers to life's big questions. ...

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Overview

Contributors with backgrounds in philosophy, theology, science fiction, and children's literature bring their expertise to this critical investigation of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy, and the insights it offers to today's world. The His Dark Materials trilogy is an unusual sort of young adult series: one that appeals to adults as much as to their children thanks to its richly imagined world, rigorously explored cosmology, and unflinching confrontation of the modern answers to life's big questions. Essays from a variety of critical disciplines do justice to the complexity and intrigue of this trilogy, exploring the answers to questions such as: Is His Dark Materials a new antireligious myth, or a failed perversion of Christian truth? and How does the story of the Specters of Cittagazze challenge our modern-day scientific practices?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932100525
  • Publisher: BenBella Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/1/2005
  • Series: Smart Pop Series
  • Pages: 185
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Glenn Yeffeth is the editor of the nonfiction essay anthologies Taking the Red Pill: Science, Philosophy and Religion in The Matrix and Seven Seasons of Buffy. He lives in Dallas, Texas.
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Table of Contents

Dust & Daemons 1
Dismembered Starlings and Neutered Minds 15
His Dark Pharmaceuticals 25
Dust to Dust 39
Philip Pullman, Research Scientist 49
Science, Technology and the Danger of Daemons 61
Coming of Age in Svalbard, and Beyond 71
I Gotta Get Me One of Those 81
Letter to the Editor: In Praise of Mrs. Coulter 89
Reading by Flashlight 97
O, To Be in Oxford... 109
Pull Up a Chair 115
Occam's Razor and The Subtle Knife 119
The Field Naturalist's Guide to Daemons 129
Kids in the Kitchen? 139
A New Eve 151
Mrs. Coulter vs. C. S. Lewis 163
Show Me, Don't Tell Me 171
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