As a Christian, I too am concerned about what can influence our kids - either on the big screen or in the pages of a book. I also enjoyed reading fantasy novels in my youth. So, I don't think I could be considered one of "those people" who are against any and every fantasy book/movie.
Having only read some of the opposition emails, and not the books themselves, I can only draw limited conclusions. Here are some of the undisputed facts:
- The author, Phillip Pullman, describes himself as an Agnostic and an Atheist.
- Reviewers describe his books as "anti religion."
Here is my take (for what it is worth):
- Why make money for someone who is anti-religion, regardless of how good the book(s) or movie is?
- While most adults can discern fact from fiction, is it worth the risk to a child who may not make the distinction? (Who wants to be a Transformer when they grow up?)
- Back to the first point - Why pay money to someone who hates you? I still can't get past that one. End of argument for me.
If only we had the Internet and email when prayer was being taken out of our schools.
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