Philip Pullman, British author of the fantasy trilogy His Dark Materials, makes no attempt to disguise his distaste for Christianity. As one of his characters says, “The Christian religion is a very powerful and convincing mistake.” But Pullman's depiction of Christianity is reductive.
Speechless: Poet Scott Cairns recounts a Dan Rather interview with Mother Teresa in which he asked her what she says to God when she prays. “I don’t say anything,” she said. “I just listen.” Rather then asked what God says to her. “He doesn’t say anything,” she responded. “He just listens” (Crux, Winter 2006).