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October 19 in freethought history…

October 19, 1946 – Author Philip Pullman is born in Norwich, England. He is best known for His Dark Materials, the award-winning trilogy for young adults that was condemned by religionists as sacrilegious and blasphemous. He courted further controversy with his … Continue reading

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June 21 in freethought history…

June 21, 1905 – Existentialist philosopher Jean-Paul Satre is born in Paris. June 21, 1986 – First observance of World Humanist Day. Although WHD has yet to catch on, it is intended as “an opportunity for humanists and humanist organizations to publicize … Continue reading

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Podcast #92 – The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ

We discuss the latest novel from Philip Pullman (The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, The Amber Spyglass), which re-imagines Jesus Christ as twin brothers named “Jesus” and “Christ.”  The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ is published in hardcover … Continue reading

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Books maybe you should know about

So many books, so little time!  Here are a few recent or upcoming books that I have not had a chance to read, but nonetheless look worthy of the attention of the well-read freethinker.  If I can read all of … Continue reading

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Philip Pullman in The Times

Novelist and outspoken atheist Philip Pullman (author of the controversial His Dark Materials trilogy, which consists of The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass) is interviewed by The Times this week.  My favorite Pullman quote: “I find … Continue reading

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The Subtle Knife -and- The Amber Spyglass

Now that the dust has settled (if you’ll pardon the pun) over The Golden Compass, the feature film based on the first installment of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy, here are reviews of the audiobook versions of books two … Continue reading

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Podcast #3 – The Golden Compass

Recorded 12/15/2007.  Hosted by John C. Snider and David Driscoll. Show Notes: The Golden Compass – We discuss Philip Pullman’s novel The Golden Compass (the first volume of the trilogy His Dark Materials), the feature film adaptation starring Nicole Kidman … Continue reading

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Movie Review: The Golden Compass

Well, the holiday movie season kicks off with The Golden Compass, a high-octane, high-controversy fantasy film starring Dakota Blue Richards, Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig, based on the first volume of British novelist Philip Pullman’s trilogy His Dark Materials. Moviegoers now have … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Golden Compass

Time is running out for those of you who want to read Philip Pullman’s The Golden Compass (available in several formats, including a cool audiobook narrated by Pullman himself, and a nice 10th Anniversary hardcover) before the movie adaptation hits theatres … Continue reading

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Catholic League “Unmasks” Golden Compass Agenda

The Catholic League has launched an aggressive campaign to “unmask” the agenda behind the upcoming film The Golden Compass, based on the first volume of Philip Pullman’s celebrated trilogy His Dark Materials.  To that end, they’ve made available a 31-page booklet … Continue reading

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