Christians and The Golden Compass

Alright,I confess and I’m not ashamed to admit it – I and my wife went to go see The Golden Compass over the holiday break. My take: it was a great movie! Enjoyable, interesting story, likeable characters.

Yes, there was an agenda with the movie that was not so subtle (or maybe that’s just because I was so primed for it from all the hub-bub on the “anti-anything non-Christian” crowd). I haven’t processed the underlying message of the movie; perhaps I will if time permits later.

I found Carl Trueman’s short little piece on the movie and the typical Christian reaction over at Reformation 21 very insightful. He gave a good and fair critique of our over-endorsement of some things simply because they are labeled with the adjective “christian”, and under-appreciation of other things because they lack, or sometimes provoke and antagonize Christians with what we believe.

Check it out in full here. But I loved this little bit, and had to include it on my blog:

I am puzzled by all this hoo-hah: if The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is a Christian story/movie, it teaches a woefully inadequate, if not unbiblical, doctrine of atonement — if Aslan is Christ, one might say, then he cannot save on the account given by Lewis; yet Christians were ecstatic about the movie. Pullman writes a piece that, if his critics are to believed, is very clear and direct in its anti-Christian message. So, if you’re worried about leading your kids astray, which, I wonder, is more likely to confuse them??? The subtle theological deviancy or the explicit anti-Christian message? Or maybe, just maybe, Narnia and Compass are both fun movies which are subject to a range of interpretations, and our children have the sense to see them as make-believe adventures about make-believe worlds.

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One thought on “Christians and The Golden Compass

  1. i just finished reading the trilogy. watch for a review. trust me, there were some major agendas in the whole story line. nothing subtle at all, yet it is fascinating that what seems to propel Pullman is an incorrect message he has heard (as have we all) from the church, and the same restrictive “don’t do that” emphasis which so many Christians react to his movie with.

    All truth is God’s truth. and as such there are some really cool redemptive themes in the story which snuck in under the radar. Some things just won’t be kept out.

    Anyway glad you went to see it, you win points for doing the opposite of what you’re told. i knew i liked you.

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