But Pads saw through Pullman's disguise early on and it left him wondering how anyone could betray a good story to pursue such a pointless self-defeating objective. Pullman will simply join the long line of little human beings who have tried to 'kill God', but who fizzled out in the attempt. When asked for a comment, Pads says, 'he seems to believe in God because he's trying to destroy Him!' It's rather akin to Richard Dawkins sadly being heard to blaspheme under his breath on air the other week. If you are trying to eradicate God, why bother to use his name as an expletive? According to various sources, Pullman does not believe in God or an afterlife. If you do, and you're facing Him and it square on, this book is unhelpful. Try an excellent sermon on the subject instead (like the one our pastor preached last Sunday).
Pads and his mum have been pretty quiet over the last three days. Ally went down with a dose of shingles on Sunday and is still feeling drained by it. Hopefully Pads will not be affected by it, although he is at an increased risk given that he's on chemo (temozolomide) and if he does get any symptoms then we're on notice to get him put on the same antiviral drug Ally's taking.