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Shaking Up the Christian Legacy

It is not uncommon to come across imaginary beliefs or deities in the multiple worlds of fantasy. Authors such as David Eddings with his Belgariad or J.R.R. Tolkien with his Silmarillion Valar have single-handedly built complete mythologies.

I used to be a nun, you see. I thought physics could be done to the glory of God, till I saw there wasn't any God at all and that physics was more interesting anyway. The Christian religion is a very powerful and convincing mistake, that's all.
Mary Malone
His Dark Materials: The Amber Spyglass

Christian Influences


Fierce Criticism of Religion

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 theirs – it's tried to supress and control every natural impulse. And when it can't control them, it cuts them out.
Ruta Skadi
His Dark Materials: The Subtle Knife

Renewal of Pagan Practices and Beliefs

Shaking Up the Christian Legacy

From Christian and biblical influences, to fierce criticism of religion, to the revival of pagan practices and beliefs, discover how fantasy engages with the realms of the sacred and the religious.

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