Category: Philip Pullman

Story and Evidence, a Response

I think it goes to my larger point. Story moves. Yes, Story can move more than evidence. And yet even if that is the case, nowhere do I suggest that I think that is good! Indeed, this whole event illustrates just how unfortunate it can be when evidence is divorced from Story. Oh yes, there is a Story here. There is a Narrative. This Narrative is one that Myers and his many fans are drenched in, so much so none of them actually need evidence to know that me and my stories are [fill in your favorite pejoratives here]. The Narrative fills in the gap. It is the skeptical storyline: Christians, dumb. Christians, blind faith. Skeptics, geniuses. Skeptics, reason and evidence. Nothing more needs to be said because everyone is already agreed on how the story ends, anyway. The ‘evidence’ ends up being just a ‘literary’ flourish that adds little to the accepted Narrative.

This Narrative appears to be driving Dave’s response, though to his credit, he is exceptionally mild and measured compared to many of the other responses I observed.

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Upcoming online apologetics conference

Just a reminder that my ministry is hosting an online apologetics conference that is coming up in May. May 7th-8th, actually.

Speakers include Robert Bowman Jr, Corey Olsen, Angus Menuge, Robert Velarde, Bernard Bull, Mary Jo Sharp, Jamie Greening, Anthony Horvath and one more to be announced.

Topics are many and varied and include broad vision casting presentations and more narrower applications.

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Literary Apologetics Key to Turning the Tide

Christians are not losing on facts, argument, logic, evidence, and reasoning. We are losing because we are not effectively transmitting the faith to the next generations and probably haven’t been doing so for some time. With more nonChristians in society, logically enough, this is manifested in pop culture. Fixing how we pass on the faith is one of the most important things Christians must do. With more informed and grounded Christians in pop culture, this will have its logical effect.

The second thing is we have to fight fire with fire. The author of the ChristianityToday article doesn’t make this point and I am at a loss as to why not. He does say, correctly:

“…the church needs to broaden its apologetics work to include serious analysis of and response to popular culture, now our most potent form of religious persuasion.

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Prince Caspian and the Chronicles of Narnia Presentations for Churches, Grown Ups, and Youth Groups

The Chronicles of Narnia for Grown Ups A Presentation for Churches View a sample of Anthony speaking- a graduation speech he delivered with Lewis and Tolkien themes. Click Here for my review of the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe movie. Prince Caspian is due out in mid-May, 2008. Here is one of my posts […]

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The Golden Compass and Genesis 3

This is probably my last post on the “His Dark Materials” series and to tell you the truth I’m about ready to be done.  There are innumerable issues raised by the HDM series and quite a bit that I wanted to respond to.  This blog contains many of those responses and there probably could be […]

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The Case of Pullman and the Missing Incarnation

Everyone loves a good mystery. As I was reading Philip Pullman’s The Golden Compass for my review I kept waiting to hear some dramatic attack on the person of Christ and the doctrine of the incarnation. In fact, the series rarely mentions Jesus at all, and certainly never substantively. Several hypotheses occur to me: Perhaps […]

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Atheists React to Pullman’s Golden Compass and “His Dark Materials”

I thought it might be interesting to gather up some atheist’s response to the Golden Compass. It should go without saying that I don’t at all endorse much of what these links will contain. They make for good perspective. If anyone has some examples feel free to pass them along. I found a million anti-Compass […]

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Pullman’s God is not the Christian God but that is no Consolation because he Doesn’t Know That

In my 15 page response to the Pullman series I indicated that his notion of God is a strawman notion. The problem is that he doesn’t know that, most atheists don’t know that, and even many Christian theists don’t know that. In the Pullman series, ‘God’ is a very old ‘angel’ who was merely the […]

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Christian Parent Guide and Church Bulletin Insert Responding to Pullman’s His Dark Materials and the Golden Compass

“The Christian religion is a very powerful and convincing mistake, that’s all.” (The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman) This bulletin insert/parent’s guide has been downloaded over 1,500 times! Anthony is a former junior and senior high religion teacher. He taught apologetics and Biblical Greek at a small Bible college in Rockford before taking a position […]

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Philip Pullman and His Dark Materials Round Up

Here are a collection of posts that pertain to Pullman that exist on this blog. Detailed, 15 page analysis of the Pullman Series. Some Interviews of Philip Pullman Christian Reactions around the Net Parent’s Guide/Church Bulletin Insert All of my entries on the Pullman series. If you have been helped by any of this material, […]

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Church Bulletin Insert: What Christian Parents Should Know about The Golden Compass and What they Should Do About it

This Project was Featured on the ChristianPost.com! [opens in new window] “The Christian religion is a very powerful and convincing mistake, that’s all.” (The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman) CLICK TO DOWNLOAD THE PARENT GUIDE/BULLETIN INSERT Would you like to Discuss This Material? My discussion forum is the place. Description: This is a companion to […]

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Some Christian Responses to Pullman’s His Dark Materials

Apart from my own, which is located here, here are some others of interest that I’ve found. It should be noted that my posting of them does not mean that I necessarily endorse them. I am trying to give people the ability to educate themselves. Pluggedinonline – Christian Movie Review site- Pretty good job. http://www.christiananswers.net […]

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Some Philip Pullman Interviews with Excerpts

I wanted to gather in one spot a handful of interviews with Pullman. I have to imagine that there is a list somewhere with them, but I could not find them. They all make for interesting reading and I have drawn some excerpts from them. http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A23371-2001Feb18?language=printer Just a short walk away from the Pullmans’ house […]

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An Atheist Reacts to my His Dark Materials Analysis

I stopped talking to this fellah for reasons he’d find less than flattering and his latest post is no exception. You can read my initial reaction here, and here is his response. My more definitive treatment of HDM, however, is here. We can sum it up well enough. I argued that the working principles underneath […]

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