Also the enemy outfit is going to be referred to not as "The Church" but as "The Magisterium".
I always thought the God stuff was the weakest and least convincing thing in the book. Pullman has an agenda and he bangs the drum for it as shamelessly as C.S. Lewis (whom he despises) does for Christian orthodoxy.
Too much theology, not enough art.
Even so, I'm damn sure that this self-censorship isn't being carried out for aesthetic reasons.