I’ve been following the promotion of this new film The Golden Compass, for the last couple weeks. It’s due to open in theaters in time for Christmas (figures) on December 7th. If you haven’t checked it out, you should–especially if you have children small enough to start begging to be taken to see it…A couple weeks back, I checked out the website for the flick–spooky. Be sure not to miss the page where you are invited to meet your own DAemon..as in Demon.
Worldnetdaily ran a story on it today: Will your kid discover his personal ‘daemon’?
The spirit of antichrist is becoming bolder and bolder, isn’t he? Anyway, I came across a good article on the author of this trilogy of so-called “children’s books” today…thought you might be interested in reading it. From The High Springs Herald:
Mike Hosey column: Kids author wants to undermine Christianity
“I am trying to undermine the basis of Christian belief,” Philip Pullman told the Washington Post for a piece published in February of 2001.
It was a brazen statement that went largely unnoticed by almost all of America. A handful of folks – a few theology wonks, a few culture warriors and some activist atheists – were the only people who really understood the profoundness of the statement.
It was a brazen statement that went largely unnoticed by almost all of America.
A handful of folks – a few theology wonks, a few culture warriors and some activist atheists – were the only people who really understood the profoundness of the statement.
Honestly, in today’s relativistic world, if anyone else had made the statement, it might have been completely ignored.
But those theology wonks, culture warriors and atheists knew that Mr. Pullman’s career choice, as well as his rising stature in that career, are what made it profound. His career field, and his rank within it, gave him plenty of clout to accomplish his stated goal.
That’s because Mr. Pullman is an award-winning writer of children’s stories.
Mr. Pullman also is a contentious atheist who has expressed a great disdain for monotheistic religion in general, with an acrid hostility seemingly aimed at organized Christianity in particular.
His most famous work is a sophisticated, well received trilogy called, “His Dark Materials.” The first book of that trilogy, “The Golden Compass,” will be released this Dec. 7 as a live action feature film starring Nicole Kidman.
He won the Carnegie Medal, Britain’s highest literary award for children’s books, for that work.
The stories are popular. At the writing of this column, all the bound trilogies in the Alachua County Library System were checked out, or on hold.
Mr. Pullman made his statement to the Washington Post in response to a question regarding the works of C.S. Lewis, whose Narnia books were beautifully mythologized, quasi-allegories of Christian narratives and themes.
The Narnia stories of Lewis had been written to show how Jesus might look in another world. And it is said that Pullman despises them, calling them racist, misogynistic and devoid of love.
Anyone who has enjoyed them knows better.
Where Lewis had been trying to make the Christian edifice more accessible with his books, Pullman’s expressed intent is to destroy its foundations. And he skillfully attempts this, using clever but not so subtle techniques. In the last book of his trilogy, for instance, God turns out only to be an angelic being, like any of the other angelic beings in the story – except that he is manipulative and evil.
The protagonist children kill him, and he dies a pathetic, whimpering death.
Some are saying that the alarm soon to go out in anticipation of the movie is likely to fall on mostly deaf ears. The breathlessness over the Harry Potter books, the gesticulations over the “DaVinci Code” due to Christian ignorance, and even some 1980s “fundamentalist” attacks on Barney the dinosaur, have assured many that Christians are alarmist.
Critics have noted that the Potter books, while containing many Christian taboos, like the glorification of sorcery, and recently, the outing of a homosexual main character, were at least written by a woman who professes Christianity, and who at least shows a smidgen of respect for the religion – even if it may only be feigned. Her masterfully written books also contain what others have labeled as Christian friendly themes, like love for one another, and the triumph of good over evil through self sacrifice.
But if the Potter books are taboo, then the Pullman books are downright anathema.
Consider this oft-quoted line from Ruta Skadi, an important character and witch in the trilogy. She says that the Church throughout all history has tried to control every natural impulse, then adds, “That’s what the church does, and every church is the same: control, destroy, obliterate every good feeling.”
Another character, Mary Malone, a scientist who used to be a nun, declares that Christianity is a “very powerful and convincing mistake, that’s all.” Hardly Harry Potter.
So is now the time for another Christian battle cry?
It depends on how prepared and willing the soldiers are for battle. It also depends on what kind of warfare they are disposed to fight. Banning the books, or boycotting the movie would not only be childish but also a strategic and tactical error. Besides, our society is secular and free. Because of this freedom, people behave rightly or wrongly because of choice and not because of force or manipulation.
This makes for true goodness, and true badness.
This requires Christian parents and churches to train the children in their care well. It requires producing clear thinkers who are able to spot deception and make clear, accurate discernments.
When this is done, the basis of Christian belief cannot be undermined.