The Golden Compass: The Movie
Release is scheduled for December, in plenty of time for the War on
shopping Christmas, which of late has formed such an endearing part of our Holiday season here in the States.
The Christianists are going to hate this one, and they're going to go even more batshit than they usually are.
Why? Here's a profile of the author, Philip Pullman:
[Philip Pullman] is one of England’s most outspoken atheists. In the trilogy [His Dark Materials], a young girl, Lyra Belacqua, becomes enmeshed in an epic struggle against a nefarious Church known as the Magisterium; another character, an ex-nun turned particle physicist named Mary Malone, describes Christianity as “a very powerful and convincing mistake.” Pullman once told an interviewer that “every single religion that has a monotheistic god ends up by persecuting other people and killing them because they don’t accept him.”
Monica Goodling, of course, would be very happy in a world where The Magisterium ruled, and would happily serve as, say, a functionary for the Consistorial Court.
I heartily recommend His Dark Materials to everyone. Not only is the story gripping, but the characters are great, and lead lives where moral and ethical questions and actions are central: But there is no God yammering--except, of course, by the villains. How refreshing.
UPDATE Here's a review of the His Dark Materials adapted for the theatre, naturally from the New Yorker:
Pullman’s title, “His Dark Materials,” is a phrase from “Paradise Lost.” [T]he books are intended as an answer to Milton, and an attack on Christian theology and the Church. This is not something that has been missed by the Church, of course. The Association of Christian Teachers, in England, pronounced the show “blasphemous,” and called for it to be banned. In Pullman’s story, the death of God is a good thing, a step forward for the universe. It releases the teen-age heroes, Will and Lyra—played by two excellent young actors, Dominic Cooper and Anna Maxwell Martin—from a world of guilt and oppression and phony purity.
This is a work of fiction, right?