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THE UPSIDE-DOWN WORLD OF PULLMAN'S "GOLDEN COMPASS"
By Berit Kjos
November 18, 2007
"This will mean the end of the Church... the end of all those centuries of darkness!"[1, p.394] "The Golden Compass"
"The God who dies is the God of the burners of heretics, the hangers of witches... [That God deserves to die. The Authority, then, is an ancient IDEA of God, kept alive artificially by those who benefit from his continued existence." Philip Pullman
"Woe to those who call evil good and good evil...." Isaiah 5:20
Flying witches, evil specters, talking bears and evolving "Dust" abound in The Dark Materials, Philip Pullman's popular fantasy series for children. In this confusing cosmos of multiple universes, humans are linked to a personal demons, and telepathic seekers find answers to life's mysteries through divination, Eastern meditation, ancient "wisdom" and ritual magic. These occult practices are essential to the battle for the "free" Republic -- against the despised old Church.
Lyra, the pre-teen heroine, is a headstrong tomboy raised without parents at an Oxford college in a universe parallel to ours. A proficient liar, she's first seen snooping in a forbidden area with her daemon camouflaged as a moth. From then on, she follows her feelings from one crisis to the next until all remnants of Biblical truth and authority have been destroyed. By the end of the series, God is dead. Free-spirited Lyra (still a 12-year-old) has sexually "come of age" and fulfilled her prophetic assignments in the war against Christianity.
As readers move from book to book, they meet likeable God-haters, experience magical worlds, and discover the strange forces that drive Pullman's occult cosmos. Defying any simple synopsis, this mind-changing trilogy appeals more to feelings than to understanding. But those feelings will open hearts to deceptions that produce death and bondage, not life in Christ.
In "The Golden Compass," the first book in the series, a strange mass of mysterious Dust is discovered during a magnificent display of Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights). But Pullman sees no Creator behind the beauty. Instead, he attributes the amazing phenomenon to evolving matter driven by intelligent consciousness -- an esoteric notion reminiscent of the occult philosophies of Teilhard de Chardin, Willis Harman, ancient Gnostics, and William Blake. The latter, one of Pullman's main sources of inspiration, was captivated by Rosicrucian's and Theosophy. 
Lyra's choices take her to the arctic island Svalbard. She sails northward from England with some valiant Egyptians [gypsies] determined to rescue children abducted by the heartless Church for experimental purposes. While traveling, she studies her alethiometer ["truth measure"] and practices the deep trance-forming concentration needed to receive its mystical guidance. Though she doesn't yet know it, she's being prepared for a greater purpose:
Do you see how this fantasy undermines Biblical values? Pullman's crafty tale pulls the readers' minds into an occult context where -- through their imagination -- they experience life from his atheist/occult perspective. In fact, his methods sound just like the transformational tactics in UNESCO's global education plan. These proven methods are designed to--
1. GIVE NEW MEANINGS TO OLD TERMS. For example, the word DAEMON (sounds like demon) refers to a loving, intimate and normally inseparable companion to its human counterpart. Unlike the demonic deceivers of Satan, these daemons live to help their human hosts. Though equated with human souls, they talk with their hosts as separate entities.
Second, the word "CHURCH" points only to an evil hierarchical dictatorship. The true Church -- those who trust and follow Christ -- are never mentioned. A proud, beautiful witch queen describes Pullman's perceived enemy well:
Third, we are told that "HEAVEN" is a lie. Instead, everyone ends up in the "world of the dead" -- a miserable "prison camp" established by the evil Authority. [5 -33]
2. REDEFINE GOD AND UNDERMINE CHRISTIANITY. Near the end of the third book, "The Amber Spyglass," Lyra rescues the captive dead. Corrupting the reader's view of Christ, Pullman trades Jesus for this telepathic 12-year-old girl who could hardly be less like our Lord.
The "God" or "Authority" in this story is a feeble old man. The following statement by an angel shows Pullman's contempt for him:
"She" refers to Sophia, the goddess of wisdom in the Gnostic context of multiple gods. Linked to a "divine spark" in everyone, she encouraged self-discovery and self-pleasing enlightenment rather than obedience to any authority. No wonder she was banished!
Metatron is featured in many occult systems. The Kabbalah and the Tarot view him as a powerful archangel. In Hermetic magic he is linked to the god Hermes and the mythical Emerald Tablet with its infamous code, "As Above, So Below." It summarizes the occultist's goal of connecting with higher powers in order to command change here below.
3. HIGHLIGHT SEDUCTIVE SUGGESTIONS THAT CLASH WITH TRADITIONAL VALUES. Daemons assume their permanent animal shape when their human partner "comes of age." For 12-year-old Lyra, that initiation came through sexual intimacy with Will, her close companion and lover near the end of the series. Will's father had been a powerful shaman in another world.
This fits our times, doesn't it? Myth replaces truth, feelings hide morality, and human effort nullifies the cross. In Pullman's amoral universes, all traces of Biblical truth must be purged or reinterpreted. For example, Gnostic and other occult philosophies have viewed the serpent as good and the forbidden fruit as enlightening. So did Milton in Paradise Lost, another source of inspiration for Pullman. But our wise God warned,
4. RIDICULE AND REWRITE BIBLICAL TRUTH. Near the end of "The Golden Compass," Lord Asriel condemns the "Church" for its despised teachings on "original sin." Then he reads this false version of Genesis 3:1-7 to Lyra:
Pullman's version of the Fall had destroyed unity -- an illusion that Al Gore and other globalist leaders want to recreate. Expecting Lyra to reverse those consequence, the witches conceal a second prophecy. But Lyra's devious mother forces one of them to reveal the secret:
5. IMMERSE READERS IN TEMPTING OCCULTISM AND RITUAL MAGIC. Magical practices grab the readers' attention and eventually make occultism feel good and normal. Lyra's delight in "reading" her alethiometer may seem harmless, but her success requires the same psychic skills as those used for spell casting and other forms of magic. Notice the resemblance to the meditative practices now welcomed into emerging churches everywhere:
Dr. Mary Malone, a physicist who shares Lyra's fascination with divination, uses I Ching and her computer to receive instructions from "those entities she called shadow particles."[5, p.80] But they can only be seen 'when you make your mind empty..." she tells Lyra in the second book, "The Subtle Knife."[4, p.92]
But God says,
6. CLOAK MYSTICISM IN SCIENTIFIC LANGUAGE. Pullman's mystical Dust is a perfect example:
Ascribing consciousness to Dust makes sense to people like Dr. Willis Harman who have redefined the meaning of "science." A former Stanford professor, futurist, and founder of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, he even spoke at the 1979 "Evangelical" Consultation on the Future sponsored by the Billy Graham Center.
Like Pullman's "Dark Materials", Harman's book "Global Mind Change" promotes paganism as evidence for a consciousness-driven evolution:
The last sentence summarizes the guidelines for Lyra's success. No one could tell her what to do! As occultist Aleister Crowley said, "Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law"? Lyra must be "free" to follow "her own inner sense of "right" -- no matter how wrong!
time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according
to their own desires... they will turn their ears away from the truth,
and be turned aside to fables. But you be watchful in all things...."
2 Timothy 4:2-5
Philip Pullman, "The Golden Compass" (New York: Random House
Children's Books, 1995).
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Flying witches, evil specters, talking bears and evolving "Dust" abound in The Dark Materials, Philip Pullman's popular fantasy series for children.