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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About Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet has two passions: writing fiction, and celebrating art — music, cinema, photography, literature — through writing and teaching. He is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” — Through a Screen Darkly. And his four-novel fantasy series, The Auralia Thread, which begins with Auralia's Colors, was published by Random House. He speaks at universities and conferences around the world about understanding art through eyes of faith. He is earning his MFA in Creative Writing at Seattle Pacific University, where he has worked for 11 years as an editor, writer, and communications project manager. His work has been recognized in The New Yorker, TIME, The Seattle Times, IMAGE, Ravi Zacharias International — and Christianity Today, where he served as a film journalist for more than a decade. He recently began a weekly column called "Listening Closer" for Christ and Pop Culture.


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