The article at the link below is excellent! It is by a Youth Minister. I wish every believer would read and understand the issues behind the controversy involving this movie. It is not a case of simple “entertainment!”
“Think of it as the ‘anti-Narnia’ story, if you will. At least I get that vibe from the Golden Compass author Philip Pullman when he states:
‘I hate the Narnia books, and I hate them with a deep and bitter passion.’
What do you think? Did you pick up any message from that subtle statement (which is incredibly ironic since he borrows a significant amount of imagery and plot points from The Chronicles of Narnia for his books)?
Let’s see … the Golden Compass introduces us to Lucy Lyra, who eventually hides in a wardrobe. There’s an alternate world with witches and talking animals and final battles (oh my!). So in other words, he hates the Narnia series with a ‘deep and bitter passion,’ but he was happy to borrow some of the critical elements that make it such a compelling series.
Well, isn’t that special!
What isn’t so special is the apparent dishonesty coming of out the film’s promoters and the author himself. Here’s a small sample:
From Pullman’s web site: ‘The meaning of a story emerges in the meeting between the words on the page and thoughts in the reader’s mind. So when people ask me what I meant by this story, or what was the message I was trying to convey in that one, I have to explain that I’m not going to explain. Anyway, I’m not in the message business; I’m in the ‘Once upon a time’ business.’
Fair enough, except the ‘once upon a time’ actually has clear ‘messages’ from characters in the story like these:
‘The Christian religion is a very powerful and convincing mistake, that’s all.’
‘Every church is the same: control, destroy, obliterate every good feeling.’
And the most telling statement of all from Pullman:
‘My books are about killing God.’
I don’t know about you, but when I think ‘good children’s stories,’ ‘killing God’ ranks right up there with what I look for. (Aside: Sarcasm, obviously!)
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a boycott type person. In fact, I’m not even against this movie coming out. It’s a free country with (mostly) free speech as a fundamental right. And I’m not blind enough to ignore that many forms of established religion are incredibly oppressive, and the name of ‘God’ has been used to justify unspeakable evil. My problem lies much more with the obvious dishonesty going on here – as I hope you’re picking up on…”
Well, the author of the article may not be a “boycott person,” but I am! Vote with your wallet! Do not go see this movie, and spread the word to boycott it!