A “His Dark Materials” Caution… back in 2002

My brother-in-law Derrek just brought something to my attention I’d forgotten.

Five years ago, I posted an alert that The Golden Compass was about to be made into a movie. Then I invited people to suggest how Christians should respond, considering the content of the books.

Now that the film has come and gone and made very little fuss at the U.S. box office, it’s interesting to look back and reconsider such early tremors.

So if you’re curious, here’s that five-year-old link.

And isn’t it interesting that very little happened in the way of discussion about the books. It was only when the movie arrived… more than a decade after the book’s publication… that suddenly folks started acting as if this was some new “threat,” and the chain-email protests began.

Anyway, we now return to 2008.

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Jeffrey Overstreet departed the Patheos network in order to escape click-bait advertisements that were offending him and his readers. He will re-launch Looking Closer at lookingcloser.org soon. He is the author of The Auralia Thread, a four-volume fantasy series that begins with Auralia's Colors, and a memoir of "dangerous moviegoing" called Through a Screen Darkly. He teaches creative writing and film studies; speaks internationally about art and faith; served as Writer-in-Residence at Covenant College; and is employed by Seattle Pacific University as a project manager, copyeditor, and writer.


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