Steve Evil wrote:I just finished reading The Golden Compass. It's one of they most wonderful books I've ever read.
You WILL read the other two books, won't you? I promise that number two, The Subtle Knife, is even better. The third volume gets a little cluttered with sorting out the plot threads, but it has its own terrific elements (an ex-nun who's become a physicist and voices the most explicit anti-Christian comments, and a dynamite depiction of Hell, or Limbo, or Purgatory, or whateverthehell it is. . . .) which put it beyond just about anything else in its genre.
Steve Evil wrote:Coincidentally enough, I have also recently complete God is Not Great by Christopher Hitchens.
Oddly enough, I am just finishing On God, a series of interviews with Norman Mailer -- of all people -- on theological subjects, that I just thought I'd pick off the library shelf because my book group is doing The Naked and the Dead, and it's diverting. Don't know why it didn't make more of a splash (pub date is 2007, not long before he died); he talks about God's imperfection and evolution, reincarnation, and how the Holocaust may have gummed up the processing of dead souls.