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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

The Misguided Compass

"I hate the Narnia books, and I hate them with a deep and bitter passion.” That is quite an ironic quote coming from the man behind a movie that is being promoted as a Narnia-esque adventure. Even more ironic considering the strong similarities in the story lines of Lewis’ classic and this new drivel.

Yet those are the true feelings of agnostic author Philip Pullman, the man behind the book The Golden Compass, which is of course behind the movie of the same title. But make no mistake: this movie is not just another innocent adventure in an alternate reality. It’s not, as the movie company bills it, another Lord of the Rings either. Both Lewis and Tolkien would be highly offended at even being mentioned in the same breath as this anti-Christian rant.

Recently, Focus on the Family’s Plugged In Online carried an article which discussed at length the books (there are three of them), the movie and the author. The conclusion they draw is dead on target: keep your kids away from this movie.

Although Pullman clearly steals many images from Lewis (right down to a little girl hiding in a wardrobe), those stolen images are where any similarities end. Pullman, who declares himself an agnostic, is clearly anti-Christian, anti-Church, and anti-God. He even confessed that the main story line in his books is the “killing of God.” Pullman has said, “But if there is a God, and he is as the Christians describe him, then he deserves to be put down and rebelled against.”

It would be bad enough for Pullman to have these views, but they are shared by the heroes of his tales. And he’s trying to bring these views into your home through a “fantasy story.” The good guys in this story repeatedly make disparaging comments about Christianity, while the bad guys are clearly meant to be representatives of the church.

And just in case you’re still wondering if it’s really all that bad, consider this quote reported in the Plugged In article. “(English poet William) Blake said that Milton was a true poet and of the Devil's party without knowing it,” Pullman has said. “I am of the Devil's party and know it.” On his own website, Pullman discusses the idea that his characters have "daemons" and says, "the daemon is that part of you that helps you grow towards wisdom. "

Parents Beware. This is no joke. This is no innocent adventure film. As parents we are charged with the protection of our children’s hearts and minds, which means their eyes and ears as well. We are to set them on the straight and narrow path, directed by God’s Word in all things. Yet, Pullman’s misguided compass will not point anywhere near True North and is committed to leading your children straight to Hell.

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