Christian responses to the Golden Compass

Saturday, December 01, 2007

There have been various thoughts about The Golden Compass, which is the film adaptation of the first book in British author Philip Pullman’s “His Dark Materials” fantasy trilogy, published in the UK under the title “Northern Lights”. The film is due for release across the UK on the 5th December. In the movie, starring Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig, a young girl’s quest to uncover the reason behind her friend’s disappearance concludes with the killing of a character named God.

Children Matter has been trying to bring together views across the spectrum:

Church of Scotland wary of Pullman boycott
Evangelical newspaper urges parents to watch Pullman with children
Some interesting thoughts. I guess my initial reaction is that people should be less critical, and instead encourage young people to engage with the film in a supportive way. For me it seems to be double standards for Christians to complain about anti-Christian films being published, but then be keen to push things like the Passion of the Christ or even films like Evan Almighty. What do you think?


I saw the film last night with a couple of friends from You can read my review of it here. I've also listed some good sources for discussion materials.

We didn't think the film was very good, and in the light of how powerful our God is, and how many other false prophets have come and gone, I think the Christian community is just helping publicize a very expensive uninteresting film.

Angela Walker said...
December 03, 2007 6:15 am  

Hi Angela,

Thanks for the comment. I would agree with what you say - I think sometimes the Christian community overeacts. They worry that something is bad - puts lots of effort into campaigning against, which only brings more attention to it causing them a problem.

Enjoyed having a look at the website.


Chris said...
December 19, 2007 8:43 pm  

Hey Chris,

Thanks for stopping by. Appreciate your comments.

Since you're a reader, you might want to check out The Shack. It's a great make-you-think about God in a new way book.

Best regards!

Angela Walker said...
December 27, 2007 4:45 am  

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