Originally Posted by Jillian
The children in His Dark Materials do, unintentionally, kill the first of the angels. That angel is referred to as God, simply because he was there first.
Pullman, like Twain, wrote himself into a corner. He can say that his books are about killing God, but his writing doesn't support that fact. The "God" that Lyra and Will inadvertently kill is the first angel... The first angel that was created by something greater. Therefore, not God.
Dang! I was trying to avoid saying this to anyone in case they were planning to read it - BIG spoiler!! I think that while they `technically' killed him, they were actually trying to save him. They didn't know who he was, or what his purpose was, or his significance. All they saw was a very frail old angel, and they tried to set him free from the middle of the battle. And I note that when they broke him out of the crystal, he floated away `with beautiful relief'...or words to that effect.
I think that the angel's regent, Metatron, was much more of a representation of Pullman's view of God, and I believe that that's who he meant when he talked about `killing God'. That's why I said the children didn't kill God. Firstly, because it was Mrs Coulter and Lord Asriel, and it was a definite, pure struggle, a battle of wills, intentional and wilful. And secondly, because it was Metatron that represented all the power and evil of the church, who overwhelmed God and made him weak and frail and powerless.
Lastly, I think that the criticism levelled at these books - and particular the children killing God - makes it out that they murdered him intentionally so that they could `do as they please'. This isn't true AT ALL, and is mostly why I said the children didn't kill him - because I don't think they did, in the sense that they are being accused of it. He died due to their actions in trying to set him free. There's a difference, IMO.