Quote of the Day: "But upon closer review, it becomes abundantly clear that both this movie and the man behind it have a very certain anti-Christian axe to grind." -- Matt Barber
This morning, our church bulletin contained the message below..."There is a movie you will NOT want your children or grandchildren to see: THE GOLDEN COMPASS. It is written by Phillip Pullman, a proud atheist who belongs to secular humanist societies. He hates C.S. Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia and has written a trilogy to show the other side. The movie has been dumbed down to fool kids and their parents in the hope that they will buy this trilogy where in the end the children kill God and everyone can do as they please. Nicole Kidman stars in the movie so it will probably be advertised a lot. This is just a friendly pastoral warning that you won't hear on regular TV."
The Alethiometer or Golden Compass. Instead of seeking true north, the needle on the alethiometer supposedly seeks out truth itself.
Wow. I have not seen the Chronicles of Narnia, nor have I read Pullman's trilogy. Click here to go to the movie's website and view the trailer. I will read any e-mails, pro or con, that are sent to me at ChessSafari@yahoo.com, and will reprint those that I feel will shed additional light on the subject. The movie is scheduled for release on December 7, 2007. Here is the Wikipedia entry for THE GOLDEN COMPASS.
I didn't see anything in the trailer that was particularly offensive. Neither was there anything to make me want to see it. But, as Tash pointed out, it is probably the trilogy itself that is disconcerting. Seeing the movie may lead kids to buy and read the books. Of course, this isn't the only evil out there seeking to mislead our kids. But, like I said, I haven't seen the movie or looked at the books. I'm passing on the message to my readers so that you can make your own assessment.
I found this article by Matt Barber on TownHall.com dated November 15, 2007: The Golden Compass Has no Moral Compass
This is the essence of Mr Barber's message:
"With The Golden Compass, Phillip Pullman shares his heart with us — a heart that says, “There is no God.” And he clearly wants to influence your child’s heart as well. This movie’s creation — or chance materialization, take your pick — has a specific agenda. It is clearly targeted toward unsuspecting children with the furtive goal of enlisting the next generation..."