Diocese of Portsmouth

CMD: The Devil’s Storyteller

Start date
15 Oct 2020, 10 a.m.
End date
15 Oct 2020, 3 p.m.
Portsmouth Cathedral, High St, Portsmouth PO1 2HA

The Devil’s Storyteller

Led by Anthony Cane

Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy is a worldwide bestseller and the basis for a popular BBC adaptation. This event will explore the apparent paradox of a novelist well known for his atheism, being so influenced by a Christian epic poem - Milton’s Paradise Lost. I will show that it is not possible to understand Pullman’s work without an appreciation of both of his love of Milton and dislike of CS Lewis, arguing that in fact all three have much in common. We will explore the significant of key aspects of His Dark Materials (such as ‘daemons’ and ‘dust’), and whether or not Pullman really is the “most dangerous author in Britain today” (Peter Hitchens). Finally, we will look at the wider questions raised by a consideration of Pullman, Milton and Lewis, such as:

  • What is the relationship between stories and narratives, and the more abstract truths of doctrine and creed?
  • Can stories be more than entertainment, but vehicles for exploring matters of truth and value?

Anthony has served since 2007 and has led a transformation of its work in the areas of education, the arts, visitor engagement, and external partnerships. During his varied career, he has worked with the homeless and drug addict, and served the Church along the south coast - in Brighton and Torquay, as well as Chichester.


Date: Thursday 15th October
Time: 10am to 3pm
Venue: Portsmouth Cathedral

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