I have received several emails regarding the upcoming release of a movie called “The Golden Compass” and the controversy surrounding it. Being the way I am wired, I went digging for myself as well. Below are some things I found on the web regarding this film and what makes it so dangerous.
From Pluggedinonline.com –QUOTE: “Clergymen who kidnap children. Witches who aren’t wicked. Even a pair of sexually ambiguous angels. If you thought Harry Potter was blasphemous, wait till you get a look at the His Dark Materials trilogy.” —Entertainment Weekly‘s preview commentary on New Line Cinema’s $150 million adaptation of The Golden Compass, the first story in Philip Pullman’s series of “theologically trippy novels,” which is due in theaters Dec. 7 [Entertainment Weekly, 8/24/07]
From Rotten Tomatoes: The Golden Compass, opening December 7, was adapted from the His Dark Materials series of books, a bestselling trilogy by author Philip Pullman that incorporates every ingredient necessary for a shot at box-office fantasy gold, including magic, monsters, and a battle between the forces of good and evil. Unfortunately for the filmmakers, Pullman’s books also include a fair amount of what has been perceived to be anti-Catholic rhetoric; in the first book, for instance, the church is in the business of kidnapping children and conducting some rather unpleasant experiments on them.
Read even more about the film at Snopes.com
Based on what I have read, many feel that Phillip Pullman’s screen adaptation of the film has been “dumbed down” a bit to draw children into reading the much darker books. While the visual presentation looks stunning, I think I’m gonna pass on the Golden Compass. Here’s the best source for things such as this when unsure –
From Ephesians 5:8-16 –
For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. But everything exposed by the light becomes visible, for it is light that makes everything visible. This is why it is said: “Wake up, O sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.