More on the Golden Compass

Dr. Ted Baehr of WorldNetDaily gives a more thorough critique of The Golden Compass and of Pullman’s books than any of the sites I mentioned in the previous post. His piece entitled An Atheist’s ‘Narnia’ Knockoff is worth taking a minute to read.

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Edited on 12/4/07: 

Dr. Albert Mohler provides what is by far the most thorough and biblical perspective on The Golden Compass and His Dark Materials that I have read. He brings a distinct gospel focus to the discussion, as well. If you’re at all interested in the discussion of Pullman’s works and why they have been the source of concern for Christians, this is a must-read. 

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  1. […] Narnia Knockoff.” A couple of you have asked or emailed about it, so I wanted to refer you here to a fellow pastor’s blog where he discusses it and gives some helpful […]

  2. It’s worse than you may realize.

    The Scholastic publishing company is promoting this material heavily as a curriculum resource for public schools. Keep your eyes open!

  3. Phil Ryken offers a quick take on the movie and books at Reformation 21.

  4. I’m looking forward to seeing it.

    I don’t feel the need to brainwash my children into believing my religion. I want them to challenge it. If they come to believe it, great. If they reject it, great.

    I’m not afraid of my childrens’ brains.

  5. Spatula (great name),

    Why is it that folks like you seem to think that this “take it or leave it” mentaility regarding the spiritual well-being of children is some type of virtue.

    If I said, I am going to expose my children to something that could harm them physically at a time when they are not yet prepared to deal with that challenge, I am not being an enlightened parent – I am being a horrible parent!

    We wisely put safety caps upon dangerous medications and keep dangerous chemicals out of our children’s reach because we understand that small children are not yet equipped to deal with the medications or the chemicals. Only a fool would take the approach – well, I will just let them expose themselves to these dangerous items because I want them to challenge it. If they come to recognize that the chemicals are not to be messed with, great. If they decide to drink the chemicals and die, great.

    I know it sounds enlightened and sophisticated to take such a view, but, in reality, it is a stupid statement and a stupid view. A parent has a responsibility to watch over a child’s spiritual well-being, just as certainly as he has a responsibility to watch over a child’s physical well-being.

    There may be a time when the child is exposed to the danger (whether the error of the false teaching or the danger of the chemicals), but the time for that is once the child has been prepared to understand the nature of the danger and has a good grasp on how to deal with the danger. Part of the whole problem with material of this nature is that it is purposely trying to reach the children at an early enough age to try to do damage before the children have the capacity to understand and deal with the danger. This is why it is packaged as entertainment for children, rather than presented as anti-Christian apologetics to adults – material like this is purposely attempting to strike pre-emptively at children before they are prepared to think through it Biblically and logically.

    I hope I have not come across too strongly, but to take such a careless position in regards to the wellfare of children is a serious concern.

    In Christ,

    Pastor Frank Sansone

  6. On the other hand, if one’s religion is a take-it-or-leave-it matter, maybe it would be best if his children do leave it.

    I doubt that one can have the truth of salvation through Christ alone and hold it that loosely.

  7. This is from Challies.com:

    Several people have expressed concern to me about the upcoming film “The Golden Compass.” A couple of years ago IV Press published a book that may be of interest: “Dark Matter: Shedding Light on Philip Pullman’s Trilogy, His Dark Materials.”

  8. Dr. Albert Mohler provides what is by far the most thorough and biblical perspective on The Golden Compass and His Dark Materials that I have read. He brings a distinct gospel focus to the discussion, as well. If you’re at all interested in the discussion of Pullman’s works and why they have been the source of concern for Christians, this is a must-read.

  9. Am I going to get pummelled for saying this?

    I never would have even thought twice about this movie if it hadn’t been for (not only this site) Christians warning about it. Actually, I never would have realized it existed. Is this another case where Hollywood thanks Christians for all the free advertising?

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