The Golden Compass and Phillip Pullman's "His Dark Materials Trilogy"TKM Live at The Movies Segment 1 of 1

golden_compass This special edition of TKM at the Movies with host Dick Staub, focuses on the controversial Phillip Pullman, whose trilogy is getting a big boost from a film based on the first book, The Golden Compass. The show was suggested by a most interesting friend and independent thinker, Adrian Wyard of the Counterbalance Foundation, who desires that Christians not overreact. We are then joined by our regular guests, Jeffrey Overstreet film critic, author of Auralia's Colors and Through a Screen Darkly, and Greg Wright Managing Editor of HollywoodJesus.com and Past the Popcorn.

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  1. Jedidiah says:

    I enjoyed the podcast. I think there are ways of looking at the nature of art that guide each of us. If one is more inclined, as I am, to believe that art can not stand on it's own, but is dictated by the artist and his beliefs, then one is more inclined to see within Golden Compass Pullman's worldview.

    I appreciated Adrian's bringing in Life of Brian. It seems, from this podcast, that this is a positive aspect of the movie- it can show us that which is the evil within the Church, when the Church has gone bad, as it has many times in the last 2,000 years. There is even within the Church both the City of God and the City of Man.

    I was impressed, in listening to this, how much Gnosticism seems to have entered into it. Oh, certainly not the docetic aspect. But it purely breaths Hypostasis of the Archons, with the emanations of god-beings, and the evil god ruling the Earth, while not being the true God, ala Marcion. Add too, the idea prevalent in Gnosticism, that the eating of the tree was good, and it was the bad god who tried to keep us from the Tree of Gnosis.

    The most troubling aspect of this movie, for me, is the demons. I agree with commentators here that suggest this would be confusing to children. It seems to me to be an expression of the Excluded Middle, where, quite obviously, demons aren't real. So there is no harm in playing with the concept, or even educating the masses and tweaking them. Pullman obviously doesn't believe in real demons. I dare say if he did, he would be much more careful with this concept. I have met demons; I have been in exorcisms. I know they are real, and dangerous. And a child going into this will be that much less prepared to defend herself against the demonic when it confronts her. As Lewis said in Screwtape, the best defense the demonic has had in the modern age, is to become invisible. They don't exist, so we don't need to fight them. And they now have free reign within our souls.

  2. I saw it last night but I can say that the things, if any, that would "offend" Christians were few and far between. The Christians that would be offended by it are probably the same people who would/are/will always be offended about Harry Potter. It's NOT, repeat NOT A FAMILY FILM! The violence shows that, those of you who have seen the film will understand what I'm talking about.

    There's no church or anything similar into the film. They use the word "heresy" but it seems to be a word that's synonomous with not excepting the current political beliefs and rules as Pullman set up in the books. The first film does what Eragon did, set up the universe and it's rules, that's also it's shortcoming.

    One big problem with the film is that there's no overhanging threat. LOTR had Sauron and Harry Potter has Voldemort, you were reminded of it constantly and understood what would happen if the hero fails. There was nothing like that in Golden Compass.

    Also, if this film takes place in another realm, there's no frame of reference what time on Earth this is taking place. If it's modern day then the enemy, if he tries to take earth, or our realm, they'll be horribly, HORRIBLY out gunned! As some comic I read said, "We've had practice killing each other for hundreds of years."

  3. Bernard Chandler says:

    Well said. Looks like they missed their opportunity and should have interviewed you. Personally it took several chapters to realize this was well constructed. I almost trashed the book before part two.

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