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Category: Philip Pullman

Story and Evidence, a Response

A certain English Atheist named Dave, having found out about my collection of short stories through the venerable PZ Myers (a huge fan of mine, by the way), has written a response to something I was quoted as saying.  Before I respond to his response, I would like to thank him for giving me the courtesy of a heads up, alerting me to his post.  Also, it was a breath of fresh air to see something thoughtfully done- with just a couple of slams out of dozens of decent remarks.  🙂  I will attempt to return the favor in this … continue reading...

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.

Every conference participant will receive a free copy of either GK Chesterton’s Orthodoxy or Pascal’s Pensees.  Conference participants can also upload a short story for consideration and can win up to $600 if other conference participants select … continue reading...

Literary Apologetics Key to Turning the Tide

Hat tip to Charles for pointing this article out to me.

Recently ChristianityToday had an excellent article on the use of science fiction to communicate a distinctly secular and atheistic world view.  If you are a Christian that cares for the state of the Church today and our modern challenge, you should read the article.

The article correctly says:

… viewers don’t leave movies such as Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Hancock, X-Men, and Contact—or television programs such as The X-Files or Heroes—scratching their heads in confusion. We are intrigued, but

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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 on the Christian themes in Prince Caspian. Click here for information about a bulletin insert on Prince Caspian.  This presentation is in line with my ministry that aims to apply the arts to the promotion of Christianity as described at my formal non-profit … continue reading...

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 even more said.  It is my hope that my information serves as a starting point for Christians to learn more about these issues.   These issues will always be with us and hiding from them is not the solution.

It has been noted that one of … continue reading...

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 Jesus is in Pullman’s mind the ‘good teacher’ that CS Lewis so forcefully objected to in his Trilemma. Perhaps the failure to incorporate the incarnation in his re-mything has to do with his failure to grasp the basic claims that Christians make about God and … continue reading...

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 responses but only a handful of pro-Compass ones. I intend to add to this list.

http://www.bay-of-fundie.com/archives/270/my-moral-compass-is-golden

http://stupidevilbastard.com Unlike Donahue, I really don’t think boycotts are the way to go on this.

http://blogs.orlandosentinel.com/  and  here.… continue reading...

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 first entity to become self-aware as a product of evolution. “Yahweh” then lied and told everyone that followed that he was their creator. In the series, Pullman admits that there may be a creator, and in one interview he says,

“If we’re talking on 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 as a Director of Parish Ministries in Wisconsin. He currently is pursuing his Masters in Apologetics and Philosophy and is the author of Fidelis which was recently featured on Worldnetdaily.com. He is married and has four children and invests substantial time in writing
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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.

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

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“The Christian religion is a very powerful
and convincing mistake, that’s all.”
(The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman)

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This is a companion to a very detailed analysis I wrote of Philip Pullman’s “His Dark Materials” series. It is a brief introduction covering points that Christian parents may be interested in knowing about the series.

It is formatted so that it can also be used as a … continue reading...

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 – Extensive overview.

InsightScoop – a very nice article responding to Pullman’s ‘atheism.’

wardrobedoor.blogspot.com – Most of the points in here I agree with.

http://www.margheim.net – This has a good collection of material.

http://www.churchinhistory.org – A response to what was thought to be a … continue reading...

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 is the grave of another Oxford master of fantasy: J.R.R. Tolkien. Comparisons, notes Pullman with a heavy sigh, are inevitable. There’s the Oxford connection, and the invented worlds, and both Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings” and “His Dark Materials” consist of one (very) long story

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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 the Pullman series are ones that the average college student will receive as fact from their professors. Herr Professor gives an overview of the fantastic elements in the Pullman series and then quotes me when I say that in the Pullman series … continue reading...