Monday, December 03, 2007

Beware of "The Golden Compass"

A new movie opening December 7 appears to be similar to The Chronicles of Narnia in TV ads. The similarity is deliberate, but deceptive.
The story opens with a girl getting lost in a wardrobe (sounds like "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," doesn't it?) but the message she finds is the opposite of Narnia's.
The Golden Compass is based on the "His Dark Materials" book trilogy by agnostic writer Philip Pullman. Pullman says that he hates the Narnia books. "If there is a God," says Pullman, "and he is as the Christians describe him, then he deserves to be put down and rebelled against."
So in this movie, the church is the evil empire to be opposed, and the "good guys," according to Pullman's movie, are those who oppose the church. In one scene, a witch actually says that every church is the same, trying to destroy every good feeling.
The Golden Compass exalts homosexuality, evolution, divination, witchcraft, and premarital sex. Suffice to say, this movie is poison for children. Want to know more? Read the review at "Plugged In Online."
If the kids want to see a good movie, take them to see Enchanted instead.

1 comment:

Joel Rainey said...


I have a somewhat different take on this issue over at my place. Nevertheless, this is a thoughtful post. I'll be sure to read the "Plugged In" review.

In the meantime, we should pray for Pullman. The words you attribute to him are very similar to remarks made about God by C.S. Lewis himself . . .before his conversion.