Peter Lewis writes in a recent edition of Evangelicals Now:-
A short while back, Bel Mooney interviewed Philip Pullman, author of the famous children’s books where the church is the evil power that abuses children and ‘God’ is a fake, an extremely old angel who came into existence as a throw-up of evolution, pretended to be ‘God’ and has to be preserved in a block of ice by other angels. The great deliverance is to be freed of the idea of God and then everyone is free to go on into non-existence when they die. The books in my view attempt to force-feed children with atheism and Pullman has put on record his wish to kill God in the minds of children.
During the interview Mooney asked Pullman why he is so vehemently opposed to organised religion. He replied with the usual litany about the Catholics burning heretics and the Puritans hanging witches.
‘Well’, Mooney objected, ‘but all the clerics I meet are decent, bearded chaps in half-empty churches, doing good works and bringing comfort to pensioners. They’re not burning witches.’
Pullman responded, ‘Not any more. They wouldn’t get away with it now’.
‘They wouldn’t want to’, Mooney said. ‘No’, said Pullman, ‘not the nice gentle ones who have half empty churches. But the ones who have churches that are full — the evangelicals, the fundamentalists — are full of hell fire and damnation and fury and vengeance on anyone who disagrees with them.’
Evangelical churches are ‘full of hell fire and damnation and fury and vengeance on anyone who disagrees with them’! Really? I don’t know what he’s talking about. And neither does he.