Before you take the kids to see Golden Compass…

… you might want to do a little investigating. Here’s a good place to start.

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  1. Wow!! Thanks for the warning. From the previews that i have seen in the theaters the movie looked like one i would have liked to see but after reading that article i have changed my mind. I’m surprised they would actually make a book like that into a movie.

  2. Thanks for the heads-up, Mary. We’ll be avoiding this one.

  3. Playing the devil’s advocate here, and also probably taking this way too seriously, but here goes. I had the most traditional, Christian, All-American upbringing ever. My father was a minister, and I was the youngest of seven. For all of us, God was an unquestionable thing, no matter what. Our questions and doubts about faith were never aknowledged.

    When I was a teenager, I decided I personally did not beleive in God. The Columbine shootings had recently happened, and everything that I had taken for granted and trusted in seemed unsure. I became atheist, partly because questioning God was not an option. IT was all or nothing, and I decided nothing. That was the weaker way to go, but I was only sixteen.

    I think that if it had been an option for me to beleive in an overwhelming good but also have understandable doubts about faith, some things in my life would have been easier.

  4. I had read that they had “softened” the movie so as not to offend conservatives, but even if they pulled it all out, it is still a hook to the rest of the series of books which reportedly get worse with each book.

    What ever happened to family movies that did not make you cringe?

  5. Umm…that movie really freaks me out.

  6. They have indeed taken out a lot of the religious referances in the film. Another point is that the film is set in an alternative reality so the church and religion referred to are not the ones in our reality. It is all fantasy.

    It’s very refreshing though to read someone calling for caution in seeing the film rather than a total ban on it as some christian groups are. It’s important that alternative views are allowed to be aired.

    I personally will be happily watching it and taking my children to it as I am a Humanist but totally respect the choice of others who would prefer not to.

    I would say though that if you really do have faith and faith in your children you would trust them to be able to take on alternative views and not be swayed by them.

  7. “I would say though that if you really do have faith and faith in your children you would trust them to be able to take on alternative views and not be swayed by them.”

    I’m not so sure. I have wonderful abiding faith and my children are being raised in that faith. But just as I don’t let weeds grow in my garden, I don’t want to allow weeds to take root in my children’s lives either.

    I don’t expose my children to drugs or to alcohol because I don’t want them to see those as options that are acceptable. In the same way, I would not want to knowingly allow for entertainment something that I feel is contrary to our family faith.

  8. Well said, Amblin… my thought exactly.

  9. Couldn’t agree more, Amblin. Just because alternative views and lifestyles exist does not mean I want my children (especially young children) thinking that they are OK choices or acceptable life paths, especially as Christians.

  10. You know — I’m a really big fan of the Golden Compass books, so I was really surprised the movie was presented as a kids movie. The books have a child protagonist, but I don’t think the books are really for kids at all. I could see it for the young-adult range, but I think a younger child might find it very disturbing. It’s definitly not a Narnia.

  11. Oh — I will say that the anti-church references are more with the idea of how “moral” people, especially those with great power at their fingertips, can do immoral acts: to each other as well as to those who are less powerful. If you decide to read the books, you can compare the actions of the church to those of the scholars at Oxford (both their actions and their motives.) In my opinion, it’s more about how pride can blind you to your faults.

  12. have to agree with annab: the point is that the church in the book is corrupt. Well, we’ve had that before in history, indeed we have it now in some places, so it’s hardly either a surprise or false. I also don’t read the book as being anti religious, but that depends on how you define religious. If for you religion=church, then this is anti-religious. If for you religion=understanding the greatest force in the universe for good, worshiping it, and learning to live a life in accordance with its dictates, the books are not antireligious.

  13. Mary, Thanks for the heads up! I definitely don’t want to present this to my children. It is amazing how evil tries to infiltrate our minds and the minds of the innocent and cause us to doubt truth by making evil look appealing.

  14. Rather than avoid a movie (or other media) for its *offenses,* why not first filter or discern what–if any–possible GOOD could come from applying it to the blank slate of the innocent childhood?

    Satan is still the subtlest of creatures and dupes us more than we know because our worldview perspective is idling in neutral.

    God help us all to raise pure children in this spiritually dark place!

  15. I wrote about this too Mary on my blog. It is both sad and frightening. Thank God He has given us tools to battle this type of deception.

  16. I am so glad that someone with lots of “visitors” is posting on this, I did as well, but I don’t have major traffic. My prayer and hope is that EVERYONE will spread the word, this whole movie sickens me.

    On my post I also highlight some of the q and a’s that are on random houses website. Please feel free to stop by and visit.

  17. The hypocrisy of what some people don’t boycott against and the things they will boycott against and the fright of people and kids of seeing this movie sickens me ….. I plan to take my god-children w/ permission from their mother to see it with all 3 of them ages: one 4 year old girl and 7 year old twin boys. I do hope you and most people who want to boycott this movie have read the books. Pulliman has pulled most of the anti-religious not just anti-Christian themes of the movie to pacify a lot of crying about how much damage this movie will do to children if they see it. I’m with Jemina 100% and it is a kids movie seriously. I didn’t hear of many people boycotting not to take their kids to see the Harry Potter movies… WITCHCRAFT hello!

    And if you trust yourself and have taught your kids “better” or at least think so then this movie won’t in the least sway your children from your family’s faith….they might do that when they get older anyways.