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    • Gen 29 2008, 0:39

    The Golden Compass

    In case anyone missed my previous bulletin posts regarding this:

    The author of the book series, which the upcoming movie is based on, is an atheist. This guy was so upset by C.S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia that he wanted to counter it by writing his own atheist series for little kids.

    In the last book in the series, he has his characters kill God.

    His entire hope with this series is to destroy children's faith in God.

    If you believe in God, please don't let your children see the movie, and don't let them read the books. Boycott The Golden Compass. Please warn others about it too, and warn other parents.

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    • Gen 29 2008, 0:39
    I have another reason to post Rich Nathan's sermons on here.....I like the conclusion that this person comes to....to use this time at Christmas to share the gospel message all the more with other people.....and the story of Jesus' life, death, and bodily resurrection.

    The Golden Compass is a direct attack on the Christian faith, and the best way to respond is to spread the Christian faith all the more.

    So, this will be my last post on the Golden Compass. You all know how I feel about it by now, so here we go.....

    I will pray that God uses this bad thing (The Golden Compass) for His glory...that people would come together and pray, and that more people will place their faith in Jesus Christ this Christmas season than would become atheists.

    This has motivated me to share the gospel with others all the more. :)

    ----------------- Bulletin Message -----------------
    Last week, a local school counselor showed me material from the Scholastic publishing company, promoting curriculum resources based on the upcoming movie and the already-published book, The Golden Compass. The materials were impressive—a gorgeously designed 31-by-21-inch poster of the movie, including an invitation for students to take part in an “Amazing Student Sweepstakes, ” and on the back of it, a set of curriculum resources based on the book—all at completely no charge to schools or teachers. (The poster and teaching materials are on Scholastic’s website.)

    If it seems somewhat unusual for a curriculum company to be promoting a movie, that’s not the strangest thing about it. The Golden Compass is the first book in Phillip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy. And what are these “dark materials”? Readers can get a very quick overview of the series through the (quite accurate) plot summaries at SparkNotes online.

    http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/hisdarkmaterials/summary.html

    There, for example, we learn about “intercision, ” a plot feature of the The Golden Compass. What is this “intercision?” The answer really can’t be quoted on this page. You may go to SparkNotes to find out, but be sure no young children are looking over your shoulder. (Note that SparkNotes draws its interpretation on that point from the second book as well as the first.) Yet Scholastic wants schools to teach this material to our children.

    And they surely don’t want them to stop at the first book. The second book is entitled The Subtle Knife. That happens to be the name of the one weapon that can kill God. The third book tells us that God is relieved to be killed. He’s a rather pathetic character, tired of all the responsibility, “half-crazed with age and infirmity, ” in SparkNotes’ words. He had been rather mixed up about things all along, though. The Satan figure in the trilogy was the one who brought freedom to humans. God—and the dominating, violent, fearful church—fought against this freedom. Pullman cheers for their downfall. He has said so not only in his fiction, but also in interviews. The books, he says, are “about killing God.”

    Pullman’s God is fictional, and we must hasten to note that the actual God is not concerned about death threats that might be made against Him. The real concern is for students who will have this dark material forced on them in schools.

    Scholastic is by far the top source of reading materials for American schools. What they market, schools buy. One might wonder what they stand to gain from giving these expensive materials away.

    Well, it's not really all that hard to figure out. The poster says the materials are “generously sponsored by New Line Cinema.” Generous, indeed, that they would co-opt an educational company to advertise their film for them? But it’s not entirely a co-optation—for Scholastic co-produced the film. It’s all bound to sell a lot of books, of course, and Scholastic will gladly handle that transaction for your child, too. Does this seem like a company that has students' and schools' best interests at heart?

    There is word on the Web that the anti-God theme has been toned down for the movie; and that theme is expressed much more strongly in the second and third books than the first, anyway. So is there any reason to make a fuss over this first book, and the movie? Yes, because the first book in a trilogy, if it is at all interesting, is (among other things) the strongest possible advertisement for the second and third. It’s impossible to promote only the first. Who could stop reading The Lord of the Rings just when the Fellowship separated, at the close of the first book?

    Moreover, the anti-Church, anti-Biblical elements of even the first book are plenty strong. The Church is presented as highly controlling and evil; and this is not some other-world, purely fantastical church with no connection to our own world. In Chapter 16 we learn of its “Vatican Council.” In Chapter 19 a character speaks of being “baptized as a Christian” in Geneva. Chapter 2 tells us the last Pope in this world was John Calvin, which in another context would be knee-slapping hilarious, but here contributes to the strength of the connection this fictional world has to our real one.

    One of the prominent themes of the book is “Dust, ” a mysterious “charged particle” from the sky. In the closing chapters of the book, the protagonist, Lyra, finally learns that Dust is “the physical evidence for original sin”; and Dust is what powers her “alethiometer” (the golden-colored, compass-looking device for which the book is named). From the Greek, alethiometer means “truth-measurer.” It is a device she consults, through a kind of clairvoyant process, to learn secrets and discover truths; it never lies or misleads. Dust and the alethiometer—central symbols in this book—together send the clear message that truth is measured by the power of original sin. In the closing pages, Lyra decides that Dust is a good thing after all, and she determines to go on and defend this original sin against the Church. Thus we are ushered into the second book.

    This is certainly not a message we want our children to take to heart. Still, we cannot lose sight of the fact that Pullman is working on our turf when he tells his tale. I'll gladly stand up our story against his! The story of Christ has drama, it has strong characters, it has relevance, it has a truly stupendous surprise ending—in short, all the elements of great story. Best of all, it’s not fiction. It happened! So we need not respond defensively, or with anger, (like I did at first- sorry) or by picketing the movie, or with any of the worldly methods Paul warned against in 2 Corinthians 10. This is the time—especially since the movie is coming out at Christmastime—for us to tell the true story of Jesus Christ, in love and with a positive tone.

    Yet there is a limit, and Christian parents ought to stand guard on behalf of the next generation. The Golden Compass—book or movie—does not belong in our schools.

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    • Gen 29 2008, 0:40
    http://www.snopes.com/politics/religion/compass.asp

    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" that
    was written by Phillip Pullman. Pullman is 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."

    While "The Golden Compass" movie itself may seem mild and innocent, the
    books are a much different story. In the trilogy, a young streetwise
    girl becomes enmeshed in an epic struggle to ultimately defeat the
    oppressive forces of a senile 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.
    Each book in the trilogy gets progressively worse regarding Pullman's
    hatred of Jesus Christ.

    "The Golden Compass" is set to premier on December 7, during the
    Christmas season (and staring Nicole Kidman), and will probably be
    heavily advertised.
    Promoters hope that unsuspecting parents will take their children to
    see the movie, that they will enjoy the movie, and that the children
    will want the books for Christmas.

    Please consider a boycott of the movie and the books. Also, pass this
    information along to everyone you know (including church leaders).
    This will help to educate parents, so that they will know the agenda of
    the movie.

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