Killing the Imposter God explores the complex religious and spiritual dimensions of the best-selling fantasy series. Donna Freitas and Jason King-scholars of religion and popular culture-reveal how humanity's moral and religious issues play out in Pullman's literary phenomenon, showing that the trilogy-far from preaching atheism, as many have suggested-actually presents a vision of a universe permeated with divinity and rich with the Christian tradition Pullman himself so publicly rejects. Weaving together critical theory that spans the disciplines of theology, ethics, feminist studies, and philosophy, the authors examine the questions His Dark Materials raises about destruction and salvation, love and redemption, the abuse of power, and the divine-making the case that Pullman the self-professed atheist has created a Christian classic of our times.
Donna Freitas is assistant professor of religion at Boston University. Her books include Becoming a Goddess of Inner Poise and Save the Date , which she cowrote with Jason King. You can contact her directly at www.donnafreitas.com. Jason King is assistant professor of theology at St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. He has been teaching college for eight years and loves his interactions with students and colleagues.
Introduction: A Theologian in Spite of Himself. PART ONE. THE DARK MATTER OF GOD. 1. Confusing God with "Authority". 2. A God Made of Dust. 3. We Are, Each of Us, Divine. PART TWO. DIVINE AMBIGUITIES. 4. The Beauty of Evil. 5. The Good That Makes Us Human. 6. Love Frees Us. PART THREE. SAVING GOD. 7. A Promised Land of a Different Sort. 8. The Exquisite Taste of Knowing. 9. Love's Divine Sacrifice. Conclusion: Building the Republic of Heaven. A Wicked Interview about His Dark Materials with Gregory Maguire. Plot Summaries. Acknowledgments. Notes. About the Authors. Index.