Reasons to Argue, Not to Censor

  What? Philip Pullman? Again? The Christian Century joins the party with a cover story on Pullman, after most of the partygoers are gone. But I think there's still some punch in the punchbowl... for those still up for throwing some punches...These books are a gripping account of a story that is familiar in our culture: organized religion is bad and dangerous, self-reliance and heroic work are good and redemptive. For many readers, this story will ring true. Many other readers will … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

Specials: Keillor on the Nativity; Newman on Sex in “The Golden Compass”; Shea on Pullman’s “Idiots”; “Sweeney Todd”

Garrison Keillor on the nativity.Beautiful.  (A nod of thanks to Mark Shea for the link.)-The Golden Compass: Sexualizing Children in the World of His Dark MaterialsThank you, Mark T. Newman. (Haven't seen you in years! How are you, man?)-Philip Pullman's Useful IdiotsThank you, Mark Shea! -If you want a sneak peek at the opening credits of Sweeney Todd, well... here you go. But don't say I didn't warn you. It's bloody. … [Read more...]

The Kindlings Muse: A conversation about… yeah, you guessed it…

Okay, my apologies to those who are sick of hearing about The Golden Compass. … [Read more...]

Three Essential Perspectives on Philip Pullman’s Trilogy

[UPDATE: Bonus... a fourth essential reading. Here's John C. Wright's hilarious summation of the trilogy, via Mark Shea.]I am so glad Peter Chattaway rediscovered this: Alan Jacobs' thorough, eloquent review of The Amber Spyglass, the last book in the trilogy that The Golden Compass begins.I remember reading this when it was first published, and boy am I glad it's available again. Jacobs has done an excellent job of illustrating the strengths and weaknesses of Pullman's work.Also … [Read more...]

Jimmy Akin on Philip Pullman

Apparently, Philip Pullman is shocked that Christians would dare to claim that he is... well... exactly what he himself has said that he is. Jimmy Akin reports. … [Read more...]

It’s back: My Original Post on “The Golden Compass” is Up (and Abridged) at CTMovies

Today at Christianity Today Movies, you'll find an abridged version of my original response to questions about The Golden Compass controversy.If you have comments or questions, please email them to me at joverstreet [at] gmail [dot] com. But be advised: I will post those responses either in the "Comments" section of the original post, or in a new post on this blog, and I'll include your name unless you request that I withhold it. … [Read more...]

Controversy Aside: Is The Golden Compass a Good Movie?

My review of The Golden Compass will be posted here on opening day. You might want to wait before you order tickets, unless you plan to see it no matter what critics say.Apparently the Times Online doesn't have to respect¬†the studio's rules about publishing reviews early. Their reviewer went to the star-studded premiere last night and was not swayed by the hype. He refers to the movie as ... Weitz's spectacular shambles. The books weave a magic that the film simply cannot ma … [Read more...]

Chattaway’s Email Conversation with “Golden Compass” Author Philip Pullman

Peter T. Chattaway has a new article about The Golden Compass up at CanadianChristianity.com.But even more interesting... here is the transcript of his email interview with author Philip Pullman.If there is anybody out there agreeing with Donna Frietas... that The Golden Compass is a work of deep Christian theology... I recommend you consider the things Pullman says in this interview.Plus, Pullman says a few things about his upcoming work, in which he says he'll be saying "a whole … [Read more...]

The Boston Globe on The Golden Compass

I posted my thoughts about The Golden Compass, the trilogy to which it belongs -- His Dark Materials, and the controversies surrounding them, last week.Now, more perpectives are emerging, some more interesting than others.This one is very interesting, and sure to throw fuel on the fires of discussion. What do *you* think of Donna Freitas's interpretation? … [Read more...]


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