This week, New Line Cinema releases its latest fantasy film, The Golden Compass, starring Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig. The film is the first in a trilogy called His Dark Materials, based on the novels of the same names by Phillip Pullman. I generally like fantasy - both books and films - and take interest in these sorts of things. But The Golden Compass appears to be one that should give Christians - especially Christian parents - concern. I have not read the books or seen the film, but I've been curious.
Tonight I read Al Mohler's Briefing for Concerned Parents. Mohler has seen the film and read the entire trilogy. His briefing summarizes the story-line of His Dark Materials, gives some background on Pullman, and sounds a warning to parents.
I'm not one to call for boycotts and I'm usually pretty tolerant of magic in children's movies. I've not been on the bandwagon against Harry Potter. I think it's more important to think through the worldview of a story than pick at specific elements. But that's just the problem with The Golden Compass. Pullman's atheistic worldview shapes his story in ways that are intrinsically evil and antagonistic to Christianity.
Mohler's comments are very helpful. I'd recommend reading them, especially if your children (or you!) are attracted to the fantasy genre.