PSA: The Truth About “The Golden Compass”
I am a Catholic Christian, but I try not to force my beliefs on others as I am still resolving truths for myself. However, I don’t like devious marketing schemes meant for ill intent. I want to inform my readers that a new movie, based on a very popular book series, is now being marketed for its upcoming release. The movie is The Golden Compass.
The author, Phillip Pullman, has stated very clearly that his “books are about killing God”. Snopes.com, a myth-busting website that I often consult, has researched this issue and assures us that the rumors are true. You can see the Snopes article here.
A church associate wrote up this synopsis of the issue:
There will be a new children’s movie out in December called “The Golden Compass”. 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, 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 that are portrayed in the Narnia series.
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 that “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.”
In the trilogy, a young streetwise girl becomes enmeshed in an epic struggle to ultimately defeat the oppressive forces of asenile 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.
“The Golden Compass” is set to premier on December 7, during the Christmas season, and will probably be heavily advertised.
The movie stars a famous Catholic actress, Nicole Kidman. It is planned as a three part series. The first installment is very tame. It is planned to allow the series to become more overtly anti-Christian as it plays out. Then, unwitting parents, may buy the entire three-set installment for their family only to inadvertently plant the seed of doubt. It is a really devious marketing technique…
I understand that “The Chronicles of Narnia” could be portrayed as the same devious method of implanting the idea of God in the minds of children, but as a Christian, I accept that method. I have an open mind to all ideas of faith, but as a Christian, I disagree with the methods of presenting these alternative ideas to children being raised as Christians (or Muslim, Hindu, or any other God-oriented faith). I invite all people to research your faith (or lack of) further and make your own conclusions, but be aware of how it is presented.