If you are a Christian as I am, then here is your warning that it is time to reload and stock up on ammunition. The devil’s still hangin’ in Hollywood.
The Golden Compass is a fantasy movie with Nicole Kidman that is due out in early December and I’ve just seen the press release for a sequel to The DaVinci Code called Angels and Demons.
Trailers for The Golden Compass have been on the front of a few DVD’s we’ve rented. It looked like a fun family type of movie with the same look as Narnia. Now I’ve found that the feel and look was intentional, as the writer of the book made into the movie has targeted C. S. Lewis’ Christian message with his own Atheism message.
Pullman wrote his fantasy trilogy because he was so upset by the Christian evangelism of C.S. Lewis in his wonderful series of Christian tales entitled “The Chronicles Of Narnia.” Pullman is an avowed atheist who has dedicated his life to undermining Christianity and the Church among young readers. The film’s release is only another example of a culture spiraling away from faith, a culture into which we must step in and declare truth.
The Catholic League has looked into this movie and also the authors work.
A film called “The Golden Compass” opens December 7. It is based on the first book of a trilogy titled His Dark Materials. The author of this children’s fantasy is Philip Pullman, a noted English atheist. It is his objective to bash Christianity and promote atheism. To kids. “The Golden Compass” is a film version of the book by that name, and it is being toned down so that Catholics, as well as Protestants, are not enraged.
The second book of the trilogy, The Subtle Knife, is more overt in its hatred of Christianity than the first book, and the third entry, The Amber Spyglass, is even more blatant. Because “The Golden Compass” is based on the least offensive of the three books, and because it is being further watered down for the big screen, some might wonder why parents should be wary of the film.
And following their investigation of the authors work, they have issued a pretty strong recommendation about taking your family to this movie.
The Catholic League wants Christians to stay away from this movie precisely because it knows that the film is bait for the books: unsuspecting parents who take their children to see the movie may be impelled to buy the three books as a Christmas present. And no parent who wants to bring their children up in the faith will want any part of these books.
I’m not of the Catholic persuasion, but their warning gives me a lot to think about. And there are plenty of warnings out there. I liked this pull no punches style from MaineToday.
It is an atheist’s apologetic for the Devil. Philip Pullman, English non-believer, wants to nix C. S. Lewis’ Narnia influences by putting out this demonic enhancing trilogy, “His Dark Materials.”
The presentation is purposefully low key so as to engrain gradually. Parents are urged by cinema pushers to take in the movie with families as a holiday celebration.
Pullman’s missionary work for hell is to grip the next generation as seasoned unbelievers intent on secularizing the planet.
Pullman despises Christ, the church, Scripture and anything having to do with biblical faith. Interestingly, he does not focus on such cults as Islam. Christianity is his major enemy.
I personally may still watch The Golden Compass when it’s out on video. I don’t mind seeing or reading things that I disagree with. But I will watch from an informed adult perspective. But my kids won’t be informed adults for at least another decade, so I don’t think they’ll be watching it any time soon.
Angels and Demons won’t be out for another year or so, but with Ron Howard and Tom Hanks teamed up again, it is bound to be movie to be reckoned with. Angels and Demons, like the DaVinci Code, is based on a Dan Brown novel.
Hanks’ character, a Harvard-based expert on religious symbols, this time sleuths a mystery that involves a secret society and a conspiracy that leads to Vatican City and threatens the future of the Catholic Church.
Sound a lot like a description of the DaVinci Code to me. I had read the DaVinci Code and some of Dan Brown’s work prior all the media hype and movie release. Perhaps I will have to force my way through this other book. I hope there is less in the way of false gospels, loose scriptural interpretations and out right lies than there were in DaVinci which I wrote a bit about in an earlier post. Veering off on a tangent, there is a just released 16 billion pixel image of DaVinci’s Last Supper up on the web by HAL9000.
I guess the point of this post is that the rest of the story isn’t often enough exposed up here in Whatcom County. We Christians seem to take the backseat in the media to all manner of psuedo-christianity, spirituality and even paganism. I just want this to be a big FYI before these hit the local theaters and your kids are wanting to see it.
And this should also be a reminder that God’s word is the only weapon capable of defending your family against these untruths. Time to grab your Bible and reload before Satan starts celebrating the Christmas season with you and your family.
10/29/07 additional links -
The three major literary influences on His Dark Materials acknowledged by Pullman himself are the essay On the Marionette Theatre by Heinrich von Kleist (which can be found here), the works of William Blake, and, most importantly, John Milton’s Paradise Lost, from which the trilogy derives its title as well as many of its basic ideas. Pullman’s stated intention was to invert Milton’s story of a war between heaven and hell. In his introduction, he adapts Blake’s line to quip that he (Pullman) “is of the Devil’s party and does know it.” The novels also draw heavily on gnostic ideas, and His Dark Materials has been a subject of controversy, especially with Christian groups.