And we are back folks for Chapter 14. Before I rip this passage apart I would like to point out that we are currently about half way through this book! *does happy dance!*
So now it’s time to get to the nitty gritty of this passage. I said it over and over in this book, but it bears repeating: every time Cassandra Clare tries to add a bit of worldbuilding, said worldbuilding ends up having more plot holes than a piece of swiss cheese.
Seriously guys, this piece worldbuilding just doesn’t make any sense at all!
First of all, I can understand religions in the Judeo -Christian spectrum having a discrete agreement with the Shadowhunters, especially the Catholic Church. This trope has been done before, the biggest example are the movies ‘Van Helsing’ and ‘John Carpenter’s Vampires’. Although, once again I would like to point out that the Nelphim are actually a very obscure part of Christian theology. I would also like to point out that for some people in the clergy, it could be easy for them to assume that the Nephilim were just as evil as demons. There is some real life theology to backs that up.
There is some actual theology to backs that up.
However, let’s just say that clergy in the Judeo-Christian spectrum let that slide, and actually helped them. It would mean that a whole lot of mundanes would have knowledge of The Shadowworld. It’s a possible information leak, which Clare proves later on in this chapter. The clergy has no real binding agreement to keep the existence of the Shadow World secret.
The last thing I want to point out is the mention of the other religions helping them. Yes, there are a lot of religions in the world that believe in the existence of demons. However, they are a lot of religions in the world that don’t. I am actually a part of such a religion, Neo-Paganism. They are plenty of religions that don’t believe in the existence Heaven or Hell or Angels and Demons
So why would the leaders of those religions help you defeat creatures they don’t believe in?
In the end, I think that this bit of world building could have been kind of neat if Clare actually got off her duff and put some actual thought into her worldbuilding. However, she didn’t and so she just continues to fail.