Vol. 1 of atheist Philip Pullman’s trilogy, His Dark Materials, is set to debut as a major motion picture starring Nicole Kidman on Dec. 7, 2007. It’s titled “The Golden Compass.” That it “features a little girl on a quest to kill God has some Christian groups upset over what they believe is a ploy to promote atheism to kids.”
See here for a few thoughts on trilogy by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams.
This excellent and absorbing trilogy is an imaginative and humanistic story of growing up, with elements of mythology, fantasy and magic, philosophy and theology, in which organised religion is not treated kindly and God, the elderly and frail tool of the Church, dies.
Philip Pullman wrote to the BHA: “What little I know of the worldview of your movement makes me think I would probably agree with most of it, though I’m not sure I’d be bold enough to describe myself as a humanist: tolerant, part-time, curious, semi-superstitious and largely skeptical pagan might be nearer the mark. I am happy to support you and argue for your aims, and pour ridicule on faith schools and the teaching of creationism….”
I’ve heard the film described as the antithesis of Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia. Pullman, in fact, calls Lewis’s books “reactionary and dishonest” and “one of the most ugly and poisonous things I’ve ever read.” He also dubs Lewis himself a “tweedy medievalist.” This alone clues me in to Pullman’s (low)caliber abilities as a literary critic and gentleman.
More to come once we’ve all seen the film. If you have additional info now, feel free to share it in the comments.