The Church (also known as The Magisterium) was the most powerful institution in Lyra's world. Its aim was to keep order by hiding the existence of Dust and the parallel universes. Those who went against the teachings of the Church were deemed heretics and subject to harsh punishments including execution.
The Magisterium was composed of various courts, councils and colleges which did not always agree. Among them were:
- The College of Bishops
- The Consistorial Court of Discipline
- The Society of the Work of the Holy Spirit
- The General Oblation Board (semi-private)
Behind the scenesEdit
The Church is referred to exclusively as The Magisterium in the film adaptation, in an effort to avoid offending religious organizations.
- Northern Lights
- The Golden Compass (film)
- The Golden Compass (video game)
- The Subtle Knife
- The Amber Spyglass