Golden Compass: Heresy they cry

Christian groups are up in arms over a new children's film starring Nicole Kidman and based on an award-winning novel by British author Philip Pullman, accusing it of being anti-religious.

"The Golden Compass" is the film version of "The Northern Lights," the first book in Pullman's "Dark Materials" fantasy trilogy aimed at teenage readers.

The movie opens in theatres this Friday. It will be released in some 3,000 cinemas and only 60 have so far refused to screen it.

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It is kinda strange why most secular folks do not complain about the Left Behind series and their movies on the Christian eschatological viewpoint of the end of the world. There are the books plus three movies based on them. I have read the first book and watched the films and they were quite interesting. It does not make me into a religious fanatic but I have no problem looking at their viewpoint.

However, it seems ridiculous, even crazy, for these same groups to denounce the "Harry Potter" series of promoting witchcraft. It's the same thing with the "Lord of the Rings" series too. Even the movie, "The DaVinci Code" was criticized by the Catholic League for suggesting that Jesus Christ had a child by Mary Magdalene.

If you do not like it, then you do not have to watch it. By even suggesting there is some sort of controversy, it will encourage moviegoers to see these movies. Some would love to see an adventure/fantasy story with a traditional struggle between good and evil, that's the bottom line.

One good thing with "Harry Potter"...it actually got children and adults curious and got them back to reading. Witchcraft? Bah!

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Posted by: Lisa
Posted on: December 4, 2007 01:44 PM

Ahh, the forbidden fruit tastes the sweetest. By crying wolf every time a (in their opinion) questionable film comes out, they drive even more viewers to see it with all their fussing (gosh, it's gotta be good, they're all having a cow about it).

But then again, what fun is a dogma, if you can't share it?

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Posted by: Bill
Posted on: December 4, 2007 06:05 PM

I think that as followers of Christ we should engage the culture and be thoughtful in our criticism and not just reactionary. I keep hearing all this talk about banning the movie..I am going to see the movie and we are taking our Middle School kids(those who want to come), and talk afterwards about the worldview issues. Let's have an intellectual and thoughtful discuss about the ideas and not just being afraid of them.

I posted some thoughts about the Golden Compass on my blog here:

http://provocativechurch.blogspot.com/2007/11/power-of-story.html

Also, ChristianityToday posted a helpful piece by Jeffery Overstreet that give a balanced view and addresses questions and concerns Christians have about the books and movie.


http://www.christianitytoday.com/movies/commentaries/fearnotthecompass.html

yea, tell the religious fanatics that it's not fair to criticize others for their own "sins"...

that should work ;)

like they say, the camel never sees...

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Posted by: JJ
Posted on: May 16, 2008 01:23 PM


Ha, like how you put over religious fanatics it proven that you aren't one. And true christianity aint.... about "religion" which is more like LOCKED into rules, guidelines, going to worsihp every religious day because its NECESSARY... NO! ..It should be one's Hearts Desire to want to know their "master creater" and be concerned about him. Actions like above can follow but should not define your Faith in Christ.This is Real. And any discussion on a film is necessary but would be vain ONLY if God sees it so. So then, how do we defend our Faith. Any suggestions have you tovalidate this....!I gues not

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Posted by: Greg
Posted on: June 15, 2008 07:21 PM

I just can't believe that there are still those to resolve to such trite and embittered comments like referring to people as "religious fanatics" and "What fun is dogma if you can't share it?" Why does it seem that when it comes to matters of faith, conversations turn sour and anti-intellectual and resort to name calling? Faith is not divorced from intellect and reason. So do everyone a favor and simply engage intellectually rather than emotionally and debate like mature people who actually care about finding truth rather than furthering their position.

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Posted by: Lara
Posted on: July 22, 2008 03:10 PM

Having read all three books in the His Dark Materials trilogy, I would say that Pullman is at the very least an existentialist. I think the movie and literature is better suited to older Christian teenagers, not middle schoolers, due to it's very different philosophy and take on the Bible. I think it would cause the younger children to have too many questions and perhaps cause them to have more doubt in their beliefs than they are ready to encounter. If you have not read the books, I strongly suggest that you read all 3 before making a judgment as to whether or not the material is heretical. The third book was the one I found (as a Christian) to be the most questionable.

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Posted by: Saat
Posted on: July 1, 2009 08:01 AM

It is really funny that the catholic church even takes these movies in consideration. These statements are even better for the producers. They get free advertising from the church.

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