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Vol. 9 No. 12A December 2007
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Armored Bears and Daemons and Fools, Oh My!
By Mark Weaver
On December 7, 2007
The website www.snopes.com is a great help in finding out the truth or fallacy of many assertions. It has the following claim: “The 2007 Film The Golden Compass is based on a series of books with anti-religious themes.” This is followed by a simple word: “True.”  There is source material listed, and some commentary as well, but make no mistake, the evidence has been examined, the proof is there. Often, true Christians are accused of overreacting or looking for something by which to be offended. Not this time. Even the unbelievers know what these books are about.
“My books are about killing god”, 
says the author, William Pullman.
How much more direct need an enemy of the
cross be? Well, how about this: “We’re used to the
In the entertainment crazed world we live in, far too many are willing to compromise their beliefs for the next new thing that will divert their attention from everyday life. Mr. Pullman is a clever and cunning man. He recognizes the importance and power of a great story, even to the point that he recognizes the Bible’s power of narrative. He therefore has set out to tell a story that will cause
people to believe that God can be killed or he is already dead.
Mixed in with his story of a young girl and an armored bear and other fantastic creatures are science fiction and science fact. In other words, he blurs the line between truth and reality. What must be remembered is that what Mr. Pullman is writing is fantasy. It is fiction. In other words it is completely, wholly, totally, untrue. We have been so exposed to interstellar travel through the movies that we have forgotten that it isn’t possible. We’ve seen so much about alternate worlds that we have forgotten that they are not there. All Mr. Pullman’s fantasies and all of his writings and all of his personal beliefs simply will not change the facts. The danger is that some will not bother to examine the evidence. Others will be naively influenced, forgetting the difference between truth and fantasy.
Mr. Pullman believes that mankind in and of himself is the best authority for governing what is right and wrong. He believes that as time goes on we will adopt ideas of how to treat one another and how to act toward one another – a condition which will basically be like heaven on earth. He outlines this idea in an article called The Republic of Heaven. 
There is no Republic of heaven, and there never will
be. Mankind left to himself is a sad and sorry creature, as witnessed
great atheistic empires the Third Reich and the
The funny thing is he knows he is on the losing side.
He believes that the “impulse toward theocracy”
will outlast his own way.  He
does not seem to know that this
is exactly what the Bible says. In
Ignorance of Scripture and its’ meaning pervade the books. The most malevolent character in the book, Metatron, is actually Enoch, the man translated by God. God, called “The Authority,” is an ancient angel, who apparently at one time was also just a man. He is old and senile and just wants to die. He is even referred to in the book as “the ancient of days.” Other denominational ideas, chiefly those of the Catholic Church are contained as well.
Amazingly, now that the movies are being made, he claims that he is not trying to influence anyone toward atheism:
On the Today show on Friday,
When someone claims one thing at one time and the opposite at another, he has either changed his mind, or he is lying. Could it be that there is a great deal of money at stake here, and he does not want to mess that up? Another example of the wonderful goodness of man without the shackles of God!
Compass is a tool of Satan, pure and simple. For $12.97, you
can pick up
the whole trilogy at Wal-Mart. Don’t. Please do not be
ignorant of Satan’s
devices, or act like it just does not matter. The Bible still says in
1 Snopes.com, http://www.snopes.com/politics/religion/compass.asp
2 The Shed Where God Died, Steve Meacham, http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/12/12/1071125644900.html
3 This is
the Most Dangerous Author in
5 Far From Narnia, Laura Miller, http://www.newyorker.com/archive/2005/12/26/051226fa_fact?printable=true
6 Phillip Pullman Realizes “Killing God” Not The Ideal Sales Pitch, Dan Lois and Lane Brown, http://nymag.com/daily/entertainment/2007/11/philip_pullman_realizes_underm.html
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