The Church was a very powerful religious organisation in Lyra's world. Those who went against the teachings of the Church were deemed heretics and subject to harsh punishments including execution.[citation needed]


The Church was composed of various courts, councils and colleges which did not always agree. Among them were:

Behind the scenesEdit

  • The Church is referred to exclusively as the Magisterium in the film adaptation, in an effort to avoid offending religious organisations.


Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Northern Lights, Chapter 2
  2. The Amber Spyglass, Chapter 5
  3. Northern Lights, Chapter 7