Atheist helps understanding of theology, says Archbishop of Canterbury
Citing Pullman as one of his favourite modern writers, Dr Rowan Williams said he liked his work because it took the church "seriously" at a time when theology was "drifting out" of mainstream thought.
Pullman has been castigated by parts of the Roman Catholic church, particularly in North America, as many consider the trilogy His Dark Materials to be a veiled attack on it.
Although he stressed he disagreed with Pullman's atheistic view, he commended his "search for some way of talking about human value, human depth and three-dimensionality, that doesn't depend on God."...
Regardless of the content of his works, Pullman is not a good writer. He is second-rate all the way, and hard to stick with because his writing is so bland. Not a pleasure to read. I found the text of the dark materials stuff online and tried to read it. If this is what people are writing these days, yuck! I'm glad I was born in the generation that grew up on Tolkien, Le Guin, etc. The literary poverty of the stuff that is put out these days is astounding. No wonder the book trade is worried.
"Dr Williams admitted: "Theology has itself in some ways drifted out of the intellectual mainstream. On the whole theology doesn't figure"
This is the point at which we can observe the Liberals fail to comprehend the Truth of Scripture. Religion to them essentially becomes a human pursuit by intellectual and academic hypothesis. Faith becomes an entirely intellectual assent. Thus Scripture itself becomes irrelevant or subservient to the academic and his perceived "expertise."
17 "For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect. 18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. 20 Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?" 1Cor 1.