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Monday, December 17, 2007

The Golden Compass: Is This Atheism For Kids?

With the new movie The Golden Compass hitting the theaters, many parents will be taking their children to see the movie.
I do not have any young ones and this type of movie doesn't interest me, but after a friend of mine sent me a review of this movie, it got my attention.

The movie has been described as "atheism for kids" and is based on the first book of a trilogy entitled "His Dark Materials" written by Phillip Pullman. Pullman is a militant atheist and secular humanist who despises C. S. Lewis and the "Chronicles of Narnia." His motivation for writing this trilogy was specifically to counteract Lewis' symbolisms of Christ portrayed in the Narnia series.

Both the book and the movie introduce atheism to children. The story ends with Adam and Eve killing God

Clearly, Pullman's main objective is to bash Christianity and promote atheism. Pullman left little doubt about his intentions when he said in a 2003 interview, "my books are about killing God." He has even stated that he wants "to kill God in the minds of children." It has been said of Pullman that he is "the writer the atheists would be praying for, if atheists prayed."

While "The Golden Compass" movie itself may seem mild and innocent, the books are a much different story. In the trilogy, a young streetwise girl becomes enmeshed in an epic struggle to ultimately defeat the oppressive forces of a senile God. Another character, an ex- nun, describes Christianity as "a very powerful and convincing mistake." In the final book, characters representing Adam and Eve eventually kill God, who at times is called YAHWEH. Each book in the trilogy gets progressively worse regarding Pullman's hatred of Jesus Christ.

Hmmm...and this movie premiered in December. A coincidence?

I recently read a review by Cooper. Read her review and comments by clicking HERE

Please give me your thoughts and if you have seen this movie, what did you think?


Cooper said...

I'm agnostic and have no objection to the series, which I have now read. My opinion is the movie was pretty to look at but was more fantasy like and not as rough minded as the book. I do think that parents have the right to keep their children away from whatever they want. If they choose to listen to their church or their heart that is their business, but they should know, eventually they will have to answer hard questions, and a trilogy such as this might be a good place to start.

AC Associates said...

Hi Cooper,
Thanks for your input. After reading your review of the movie, I wanted to include it in this post so my readers can read more opinions.
This movie is certainly bringing about much controversy and questions for sure.
I for one, won't be seeing the movie only because of lack of interest,but wanted to share something I read so parents can make their own decision.

Is it possible if there are messages of atheism, children won't grasp it?

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