The ''Dark Materials'' controversy -- Three passages from Phillip Pullman's work causing outrage among Christians

By Jeff Jensen
December 14, 2007 at 05:00 AM EST

The ”Dark Materials” controversy

The Golden Compass
”Human beings can’t see anything without wanting to destroy it, Lyra. That’s original sin. And I’m going to destroy it. Death is going to die.” ”This will mean the end of the Church, Marisa, the end of the Magisterium!” —Lord Asriel, explaining his ambition to kill God

The Subtle Knife
”Every little increase in human freedom has been fought over ferociously between those who want us to know more and be wiser and stronger, and those who want us to obey and be humble and submit.”—John Parry, on the divide between science and the Magisterium

The Amber Spyglass
”I used to be a nun, you see. I thought physics could be done to the glory of God, till I saw there wasn’t any God at all and that physics was more interesting anyway. The Christian religion is a very powerful and convincing mistake, that’s all.” —Dr. Mary Malone