I don’t usually delve into pop culture controversies, and especially not the kind that involve hypersensitive boycotts of movies, music, video games, etc., because there is something either morally, philosophically, or religiously objectionable about them. Like many Americans, I’ve grown tired of the evangelical who cried wolf – The Last Temptation of Christ, The DaVinci Code, Harry Potter, etc., have all been said to be anti-Christian and/or threatening to the Christian faith, and they are by no means the only examples.
So what about this Golden Compass business? At first, I was inclined to dismiss it as just another example of the evangelical who cried wolf. What could possibly make this different than all the rest? But the more I’ve heard about it, the more I’ve become convinced that there may actually be a wolf here. You see, unlike the other examples that range from artistic to opportunistic, the series of books upon which this movie is based seems actually to be antagonistic toward Christianity and, in fact, religion in general.
I haven’t read the books and I haven’t seen the movie. I won’t pass definitive judgement on them until I do, and that may be never – I have little interest in the movie, less interest in the books, and no time to pursue that which doesn’t interest me. Still, I think caution may be called for. You might want to think twice. You might want to read the resources compiled by Against the Grain from sources better informed than me. And, if you’re one of the evangelicals used to crying wolf, you might want to consider that when an actual wolf shows up no one is going to be paying attention. And you’ll have no one to blame but yourself.