Thank you, BBC.
First, Catholic Igor Toronyi-Lalic‘s take on The Golden Compass:
I didn’t find The Golden Compass offensive at all.
The main message was so convoluted, there was no serious atheistic content, and it didn’t seem obvious that they [the Magisterium] were religious in a way that I understand it.
There’s no need to call for any boycott of it.
The whole thing is about polar bears – it’s nothing to do with the Magisterium.
I’d be far more offended if I was a polar bear. The polar bears are ludicrously portrayed – I don’t empathise with them at all.
And now, the atheist, Nigel Floyd:
… the problem is that there is so much missing from what is basically a corporate product that you’re going to be very disappointed if you have read the books.
I don’t think it’s true that they’ve watered down the atheism – although the last three chapters, where they talk explicitly about the concept of Original Sin, are missing.
My feeling is that there are hints of what will go on to be developed much more clearly in [the second part] The Subtle Knife, but not enough for card-carrying atheists like me.
I would obviously have liked to have more atheism.
The problem is that everything is present and correct, but it’s present and correct in a very truncated form.
If you see it, let us know what you think!
[tags]atheist, atheism, Philip Pullman[/tags]