I think the best argument against Pullman comes straight from the horse's mouth, as it were. Here's his own words on what this whole monstrosity is about (I admit, I did find his writing good. That's the problem. It's really sad that he's using his god-given talents for this dark and evil purpose.) I will also offer my own counters to what he said, to give you a good point/counterpoint if you feel the need to defend yourself.
Pullman on the Republic of Heaven:
[quote="Phillip Pullman"]"Firstly, a sense that this world where we live is our home. Our home is not somewhere else. There is no elsewhere. This is a physical universe and we are physical beings made of material stuff. This is where we live. Secondly, a sense of belonging, a sense of being part of a real and important story, a sense of being connected to other people, to people who are not here any more, to those who have gone before us. And a sense of being connected to the universe itself. All those things were promised and summed up in the phrase, 'The Kingdom of Heaven'. But if the Kingdom is dead, we still need those things. We can't live without those things because it's too bleak, it's too bare and we don't need to. We can find a way of creating them for ourselves if we think in terms of a Republic of Heaven. This is not a Kingdom but a Republic, in which we are all free and equal citizens, with –]
In other words, when we die, we just decay. Nice.
Pullman on Religion:
[quote="Phillip Pullman"]"When you look at organized religion of whatever sort –]
So as far as Pullman is concerned, Christianity is evil and oppressive. He neglects to see that God gives us a choice
whether to follow Him or not. He neglects to see that God is love, and cannot be evil, because evil is not of God. And, by the way, if Christianity is evil, how do we account for the good that has resulted from Christianity's influence: respect for each other (including women, who are oppressed in Islam), charity, concern for others' welfare. I'm sorry, but those are good things, Pullman, not bad. I do not think a person like say, Mother Theresa, or St. Peter is evil.
Pullman on C.S. Lewis:
[quote="Pullman"]"When you criticise Narnia, what you're doing, I've discovered, is not what you think. You think you're offering an opinion about the literary or moral qualities of a work of fiction. In fact, unless you offer unqualified and unstinting praise, you're blaspheming. His followers are unhinged. I got two kinds of responses to my Guardian piece: half of them said Hoorah, you've said exactly what I've been feeling for years but never dared say]
Here's what I say. There is a lot of character development on Susan that shows us that she is beginning to turn away from God, if you know where to look. She is often the first to doubt Aslan, for instance. Lewis is not saying that God does not want you to mature. If he didn't want you to mature, he wouldn't have created puberty. You can be mature and still follow God. As St. Paul said, "When I was a child, I thought as a child. Now that I am an adult, I put away childish things." (could someone tell me where that verse comes from?) In other words, as an adult, you follow Him as an adult would, with the experience maturity provides. Besides, all the other members of the Pevins family are also adults at the time of The Last Battle
. Susan's refusal to remember Narnia shows that she has turned away from God, not that she is mature.
Here's the article I got the quotes from http://www.bridgetothestars.net/index.php?p=pullmanquotes
Note to mods: I presented Pullman's views to help with the discussion. If I have committed an error, I am sorry.