First book by anti-Christian author set for movie release in December 2007
I have been warning audiences about Pullman and his trilogy of books (called “His Dark Materials” including The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass) for several years. Since the 1995 release of the first book, Pullman has sold over 15 million copies of the trilogy worldwide. He has been called “the next J.K. Rowling” (Harry Potter) and is known primarily as a children’s author. He has received numerous awards such as the Carnegie Medal for Children’s Literature twice (1995 and 2007) and was the first children’s author to be awarded the Whitbread Prize (2001). Philip Pullman also uses literature to further his outspoken objective – to undermine the Christian faith and make a mockery of the God of the Bible. Now, his first book is coming to the big screen.
Originally titled Northern Lights (UK title), the movie version of The Golden Compass produced by New Line Cinema, stars actress Nicole Kidman and is due for worldwide release in theaters on December 7th.
To say that Philip Pullman is avidly “anti-Christian” really doesn’t really speak to the extent of how rabidly ANTI-CHRISTIAN he is. Pullman isn’t out to merely deny there is a God. He wants to desecrate the very idea of a supreme being. He told The Sydney Morning Herald in 2003, “My books are about killing God.” British columnist, Peter Hitchens called Pullman “The most dangerous author in Britain,” describing him as the author “the atheists would have been praying for, if atheists prayed!” A quote or two from the darkest of Pullman’s three books vividly illustrates Hitchen’s contentions.
“…[the angel] said quietly, 'The Authority, God the Creator, the Lord, Yahweh, El, Adoni, the King, the Father, the Almighty – those were the names he gave himself. He was never the creator. He was an angel like ourselves – the first angel, true, the most powerful, but he was formed of Dust as we are … The first angels condensed out of Dust, and the Authority was the first of all. He told all who came after him that he had created them, but it was a lie.’” (The Amber Spyglass pp. 33-34)
“... he was so old, and he was terrified, crying like a baby and cowering … Demented and powerless, the aged being could only weep and mumble in fear and pain and misery … The old one was uttering a wordless groaning whimper that went on and on, and grinding his teeth, and compulsively plucking at himself with his free hand … the ancient of days … having no will of his own … responding to simple kindness like a flower to the sun.” (The Amber Spyglass pp. 431-432)
Though The Golden Compass is the least offensive of Pullman’s three books and reports indicate that the movie’s producers have eliminated some of the more vile elements that could have been in this first film, I strongly encourage you and your family to avoid it. Besides Pullman’s deplorable anti-God views and violent and surreal themes, The Golden Compass incorporates what has been called a worst-case global warming scenario as well. Rather than give your time, money, mind and emotions to Pullman’s philosophy for two hours, I suggest you use this occasion to warn others about his books and movie.
(c) copyright 2007, Eric Barger
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