Yes, this is off-topic, but I also think it's important.
The big furor of late is that Hollywood is soon to release The Golden Compass, the first movie made from Phillip Pullman's His Dark Materials series. Pullman, an avowed atheist, decided to write the anti-Narnia children's series, killing off god and the church along the way. Church-going parents have been flooding email in-boxes with warnings not to see the movie ever since word got out that a movie would be made.
Apparently, these people have not read the books or have a tenuous grasp on their faith. I think it's been roughly 34 years since I missed a day of church (I'm 34) and consider myself a devoutly religious (and spiritual, since some persist in making a distinction) person. I loved the books and expect the movie to be excellent.
Indeed, my one concern with the movie is how much the anti-religious aspect has been toned down to appeal to mainstream audiences. It is Pullman's questioning of faith in organized religion that I found so refreshing and uplifting of my own faith.… Read more