A good and dear friend whom I love and respect recently invited me to join a group on Facebook which has the purpose of boycotting the new film, “The Golden Compass”. I was curious and read up on the film. It seems in the novels upon which the movie is based the main character has a quest to “kill god”. The author of the books, Philip Pullman, has even been quoted as saying, “My books are about killing god” but I can’t find that quote anywhere. What I have read is the typical fare of an Atheist (which I used to be)…. things like… organized religion does more harm than good… or science can’t prove the existence of god… or the Church is just a bunch of power hungry white guys… there isn’t any new ground here, so, my further research leads me to believe Pullman’s books are about killing organized religion, which is an idea I can strongly understand.
In summary, I will not be boycotting this film. In fact, I look forward to seeing it. In addition, I’m going to read the books if I can find them at my local library… As Christians, we shouldn’t be afraid of what the world throws at us… So many people called for the boycott of the film “The Last Temptation of Christ” when it was released in the 1988, but it was a fantastic film and it challenged my faith and gave me insights I had never before discovered. I believe that my GOD is in everything… that HIS hands are at work in my (our) everyday lives… HE isn’t threated by Phillip Pullman… I’m sure not going to be