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Absolute Misotheism III

Bernard Schweizer

in Hating God

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780199751389
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199894864 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199751389.003.0007
Absolute Misotheism III

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This chapter discusses a contemporary manifestation of misotheism, and it documents the moment when misotheism is at the threshold of entering the cultural mainstream. In Pullman’s celebrated trilogy, His Dark Materials, a band of children and adults set out to make war on God (called the Authority in the trilogy) and not only do they succeed, but they do so while implementing a progressive, liberal set of values. The story goes beyond an anticlerical focus on the wrongdoings of the Church to suggest the need to do away with the patently incompetent, deceptive, and tyrannical deity altogether. This chapter reflects on the contemporary reception of Pullman’s work (including the movie “The Golden Compass”) in the U.S., and it shows how discussions of Pullman’s religious attitudes are derailed by a lack of awareness about his misotheistic stance.

Keywords: absolute misotheism; deicide; panentheism; atheism; anticlericalism; His Dark Materials; John Milton; William Blake; Philip Pullman; liberal humanism

Chapter.  8586 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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