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The Golden Compass begins with Lyra and her daemon (her talking soul in animal form) hiding in the wardrobe of a renowned Oxford scholar. Readers may recognize this parallel to Lucy’s discovery of Narnia in C.S. Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe....

Pullman accuses God of being a liar. He denies Our Lord’s omnipotence and eternal presence, stating God was an angel created out of dust - the first angel, but a creation nevertheless - who then lied to the angels that follow, telling them that He was their creator. To ensure there is no confusion, Pullman references all of the names of Our Lord found in Holy Scripture. The series ends with Lyra and her friends attacking and overthrowing God’s kingdom.

1 posted on 11/09/2007 6:07:31 AM PST by Alex Murphy
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To: Alex Murphy
I read the first book, and part of the second. I think they are well written. That's the only good thing I'll say.

I have defended Harry Potter (the 'Dumbledore is gay' thing bothered me quite a bit, though). I'm not a book-burner by any stretch of the imagination. And I don't propose censoring Pullman's books. However, I will say bluntly that they are vile. He hates the good. He admires evil.

It is a very bad idea for children to read these books or see the movie.

2 posted on 11/09/2007 6:13:44 AM PST by ClearCase_guy (The broken wall, the burning roof and tower. And Agamemnon dead.)
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He denies Our Lord’s omnipotence and eternal presence, stating God was an angel created out of dust - the first angel, but a creation nevertheless - who then lied to the angels that follow, telling them that He was their creator.

That's not Pullman's idea. That's someone else's idea. And there's little doubt in my mind who that someone else is.

3 posted on 11/09/2007 6:36:17 AM PST by Claud
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This is very dangerous stuff. Any parent who lets his kids read it is not merely foolish, but is an accomplice to evil. There is nothing whatsoever wrong with "censoring" what children are exposed to.

Creating warped counterfeits of what is good is an ancient Satanic tactic.

4 posted on 11/09/2007 7:08:13 AM PST by hellbender
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Just about every day for the past 3 weeks I have received an email warning about the upcoming movie. I think the word is out and I hope the movie fails miserably.


5 posted on 11/09/2007 10:33:28 AM PST by Aggie Mama
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To: Alex Murphy

Creepy stuff. Everything I read like this convinces me more and more we are in the last days.


6 posted on 11/09/2007 12:02:57 PM PST by TenthAmendmentChampion (Global warming is to Revelations as the theory of evolution is to Genesis.)
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Catholic ping for an anti-Catholic alert.


7 posted on 11/12/2007 6:30:13 PM PST by TradicalRC (Let's make immigration Safe, Legal and Rare.)
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8 posted on 11/12/2007 7:10:14 PM PST by narses (...the spirit of Trent is abroad once more.)
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Not even Protestants are spared the vitriol of his anti-Christian polemic ...

Golly! He IS bad, isn't he?

9 posted on 11/12/2007 7:18:12 PM PST by BlackVeil
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Pope John Calvin and the Vatican in Geneva. Interesting sense of ecumenism there.


10 posted on 11/12/2007 7:20:46 PM PST by StAthanasiustheGreat (Vocatus Atque Non Vocatus Deus Aderit)
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Very odd for someone who believes God is non-existant, to hate Him so much. I for one know of no one who hates Santa Claus like this....

Pullman frankly sounds vile and evil—anti-Christ if you will. No one would have such motivation against a phantom; clearly Pullman knows God exists, and so therefore hates Him all the more....

This new militant atheist crowd ironically proves God’s existence more than the “I don’t know & I don’t care” agnostics.


17 posted on 11/14/2007 6:05:29 PM PST by AnalogReigns
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I work in a large chain bookstore. What the review says is true: this series is well written. This genre (fantasy, specifically dark fantasy) is incredibly popular right now, not only among children, but among teenagers as well. Note that idiotic Twilight, Eclipse, New Moon " series (teenagers and vampires who turn one another into vampires because to be immortal and unstoppable is something EVERYONE should do, right?) and its popularity: everyone is reading it (teenagers and many adults). It, however, is very poorly written, with little plot beyond angst, biting, and yet more angst. Fifty years from now, no one will really remember it.

This His Dark Materials series is different. It is really evil. It is sufficiently well-written that it will stick around for a while. I don't say that lightly; I say that as both a fairly traditional Catholic and a HUGE Harry Potter fan (yes, I have been known to go to the first HP movie shown in the area at midnight, yes I get the book the day it comes out, etc). I saw great parallels in HP to Christianity and generally good morals: sacrificing oneself for one's friends, love and goodness and RIGHT being important, etc.

This book is precisely as the author described it. Frankly, a lot of kids nowadays won't read Lewis' Narnia series because it is "too long," has "too many hard words," or "just doesn't make sense." By kids, I'm not talking about 9 or 10 year olds (I read the series at that age). I'm talking about TEENAGERS. Kids are brought up on the literary equivalent of cotton candy (quick pleasant taste then gone) instead of meat and potatoes (thank you, NEA!) and then we wonder why this stuff takes hold as it does. For another example, see that moronic Secret book.

Go to a different movie (made by a different studio) on the opening night of this disgrace. Go to your local bookstore and buy the full Narnia set and L'Engle's Time series over Christmas. Frankly, most businesses don't give a rat's posterior about morals, and spreading lies about religion (even better if it's the Catholic Church, and hey, if you can feed kids bad information on various other Christian churches who agree with the Church on 90% of doctrine AS WELL AS the Catholic Church, so much the better!) is cool at the moment. Those same businesses DO care about their bottom line. If they see the Narnia series or the L'Engle series selling as well or better than this nonsense, they'll give more shelf space to the good stuff. Finally, encourage your kids to grow up to write GOOD children's literature. By good, I mean comparable to Lewis in its beauty and simplicity and meaning and, frankly, level of writing. Most of what is published now for children is either meaningless and sugary drivel or (to a much smaller degree) meaningful but poorly written material.

Am I cynical about such things? H*ll yes.

18 posted on 11/18/2007 7:08:49 PM PST by PalestrinaGal0317 (Gentlemen cry peace, peace, but there is no peace! The war is actually begun!)
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