Books, Brochures, and Chapters>Book:  Pullman , Philip (2002-09-30), The Subtle Knife, Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, Retrieved on 2011-08-10
Folksonomies: fiction atheism fantasy theism


10 AUG 2011

 The Church is the Antithesis of Nature

Ruta Skadi stood. Her white arms gleamed in the firelight; her eyes glittered so brightly that even the farthest witch could see the play of expression on her vivid face. “Sisters,” she began, “let me tell you what is happening, and who it is that we must fight. For there is a war coming. I don’t know who will join with us, but I know whom we must fight. It is the Magisterium, the Church. For all its history- and that’s not long by our lives, but it’s many, many of theirsit’s t...
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A witch rallies an army of witches by explaining how the church subverts natural understanding.

10 AUG 2011

 Looking at the Shadows in the Cave

“Yes,” Dr. Malone went on, “they know we’re here. They answer back. And here goes the crazy part: you can’t see them unless you expect to. Unless you put your mind in a certain state. You have to be confident and relaxed at the same time. You have to be capable- Where’s that quotation …” She reached into the muddle of papers on her desk and found a scrap on which someone had written with a green pen. She read: ” ‘… Capable of being in uncertainties, mysteries, doubts, ...
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A computer named "the cave" where users look into the shadows displayed on it and it reflects their thinking. Named for Plato's Cave, it also sounds like Tarot readings; however, in the context of the story, there is something supernatural at work too.

10 AUG 2011

 The Eternal Conflict Between Enlightenment and Ignorance

‘There are two great powers,” the man said, “and they’ve been fighting since time began. Every advance in human life, every scrap of knowledge and wisdom and decency we have has been torn by one side from the teeth of the other. 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.
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A shaman describes a more sophisticated clash than between good and evil, knowledge versus totalitarian ignorance.

Parent Reference

 His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, The Amber Spyglass
Books, Brochures, and Chapters>Book:  Pullman , Philip (2011-12-06), His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, The Amber Spyglass, Everyman's Library, Retrieved on 2011-08-10
Folksonomies: atheism fantasy