Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Pullman and Anti-Christianity

I'm sure most people have heard about the recent controversy over the film, The Golden Compass, based on the novels by Philip Pullman. If you haven't heard, many Christian organizations, including The Catholic League and Focus on the Family, have suggested that the film is anti-Christian. Some have called for a boycott of the film by Christians.

So, my question is, what kind of film isn't anti-Christian? I'm sure we can name some films that contain no conflict with the Christian ethos, but the vast majority of media in general goes against it. Much television contains what might be deemed as questionable morality, as well as killing, lying, etc.

What I'm trying to say is that these grand proclamations against a film like The Golden Compass mean nothing if there aren't similar proclamations (with a similar amount of publicity) against most other cultural products in Western society.

By the way, I would like to see the movie, and I look forward to reading the books. The visual style of the movie is intriguing - the created world is very interesting.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

the series offers a rather explicit critique of a religion that, although fantasy, resembles Christianity (in ways that other books/films) do not. hence, the anti-Christian rhetoric. More interesting, perhaps, is the assumption that a film/text such as this one has the power to persuade...