Friday, October 26

Anti-Narnia

Just when you think you’ve seen it all, along comes yet another blockbuster from our good friends on the Left Coast. According to movie critic Ted Baehr, the new film, The Golden Compass, is actually An Atheist’s Narnia. Based on the first book in Philip Pullman’s fantasy trilogy entitled His Dark Materials, the big budget fantasy won’t be released to theaters until December 7, but it is already receiving a heady dose of Hollywood’s pre-holiday hype.

According to Baehr, Pullman wrote the book “because he was so upset by the Christian evangelism of C.S. Lewis.” Thus, dedicated to undermining Christianity and the Church among young readers, he represents God as a decrepit and perverse angel “who captures the dead in a prison camp afterlife.” And things only get worse from there. Just what we all needed for Pearl Harbor Day--yet another insidious attack!

5 comments:

Thomas Powell said...

My 4th and 5th grade girls are already reporting lots of buzz in their classrooms at school about this one. Thanks for calling Baehr's comments to our attention! I think on the premiere day for Compass, we will pull out the Narnia DVD and have the girls invite everyone they want for a screening at our home.

Kurt said...

Too bad we missed our opportunity to avoid ALL fantasy in the first place when we embraced the "la-la" land of Narnia. There'd be no need to be concerned about "yet another insidious attack!" against our children and the weak-minded. Why do we Christians like to shoot ourselves in the foot?

Bohemian Cuppa Tea said...

My cousin (Christian and Narnia addict)liked the books quite a bit, yet hated the ending. I find that quite telling; Mr. Pullman can create (pervert?) characters that are interesting, but ultimately his story is unsatisfying.


Werewolves. Witches. Narnia doesn't sound like a la-la land to me.

Kurt said...

la-la land (lä'lä) n. A place renowned for its frivolous activity.

I know it's not an exact synonym for Narnia. Maybe it's a better word to describe the living environment that fosters Christians who desire to read about Narnia. :>)

SkyStrider said...

From Mr. Baehr's review, it looks like the book is just trying to prove that Ecclesiastes is true. I do not think that I have ever seen an Atheist try so hard to prove a book of the Bible. Unfortunately, he does not include the entire truth. As Ecclesiastes 12 says:

13The conclusion, when all has been heard, is: fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person.

14For God will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil.