Paganism repackaged for children

Chuck Norris’ column this week is about the new movie coming out this week, The Golden Compass, which he gives a big thumbs down. The reason is the author’s message:

"[In the end] …"God" gets overthrown and the "fall" becomes the source of humankind’s redemption, not failure."

This is ancient paganism’s fundamental message: that humankind must struggle against, instead of submit to, God; that human redemption, progress, and exaltation is by self- determination instead of submission to the Creator. Among the Cush-ites, Eve was a heroine because she received wisdom from the gods (the knowledge of good and evil from the tree, prompted by Satan) which she then passed on to mankind as a benefactress! This is why Athena, the deified Eve, is the patron goddess of the Greeks, who venerated wisdom, Athena’s defining characteristic. Notice the authoritative statue depicting her (made by the ancient Greeks and kept in the Parthenon, her temple) has a serpent by her side, incidentally lifted up instead of on his belly. It is the glorification of rebellion against YHVH; the elevation of man as his own god, with the serpent as his guide and mentor.

This same message has been repackaged in beautiful wrapping for children, and it opens this Friday. Or children are being asked (tempted) to open it this Friday. Don’t be sucked in; the message underneath the garment of light is pure poison.

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If only it were that simple

Leonardo di Caprio premiered a new documentary at the Cannes Film Festival. Take a wild guess at the topic: global warming!

"I want the public to be very scared by what they see. I want them to see a very bleak future. I want them to feel disillusioned halfway through and feel hopeless."

I want Hollywood celebrities to stop telling the rest of us what they want us to do and how they want us to live, but unfortunately, Leonardo, we can’t all have everything that we want.

Spider-Man 3 extols Christian values

Ted Baehr of Movieguide: the Family Guide to Movies and Entertainment has seen Spider-Man 3, which opens tomorrow, and has posted a detailed review. The bottom line: Spider-Man 3 extols Christian values, he says, specifically, the innate sin nature, the destructiveness of unforgiveness and revenge, the folly of pride, the virtue of forgiveness and self- sacrifice. We are going to see this movie next week.

Disney returns to its family- friendly roots

My sweet dh and I were out last night getting some errands done, and since we finished early we decided to see if any movies were playing. At the theater, we saw the poster for the new Disney movie, Meet the Robinsons. We decided to give it a try.

Wow. Not only was it a great movie, it was unashamed to be wholesome, positive, encouraging, uplifting, and family- friendly. And by family- friendly, I mean the animation was beautiful, but also from an era gone by. It wasn’t hard, or shock, or edgy, or cool (although I thought it was cool) or any of those things that modern stuff for kids tries to be these days – as if anything appropriate for six- year- olds was something to be ashamed of, and everything for six- year- olds has to seem like it is really for twelve- year- olds instead. Know what I mean? The movie was not ashamed to be appropriate for six- year- olds, in the old fashioned sense. There was no bathroom "humor" anywhere. How refreshing!

The story was enjoyable, I thought, even for adults (we enjoyed it) and it wasn’t a preachy movie by any means, but like the best literature, the story did contain a positive, biblical universal truth. I won’t spoil it for you and tell you what it was, but I remember leaving the theater feeling surprised – surprised that Walt Disney Pictures, instead of being ashamed of Walt Disney’s wholesome idealism, as it seems had been the case under that other CEO they got rid of, embraced it so thoroughly in such an entertaining way. It was like seeing something from your childhood that you hadn’t seen in twenty or thirty years, so it was a surprise, but an awfully welcome one. Disney seems to be undergoing a positive transformation. For example, I note that the absolutely wonderful True Life Adventures have come to DVD for the first time. !!!

If you haven’t seen Meet the Robinsons yet with your kids, do – I think you might be pleasantly surprised. (Here are some reviews. I note that the New York Times hated it. I couldn’t think of a better mark in the movie’s favor.)

Amazing Grace

Yesterday I had a long post typed out about the new movie Amazing Grace, which opened yesterday. But then my session timed out or something and I lost it all before I could post it. One day I am going to learn to do these things in Wordpad and save it as I go.

Although I can’t duplicate the post I lost with all its links and analysis, I will say that my son and I went to see Amazing Grace last night, and it was an awesome movie. Go see it, it is fantastic! I read one reviewer who said he was disappointed in the film for some reason, so I went looking for something to be disappointed about, and I couldn’t find anything.

The movie is properly the story of William Wilberforce’s struggle to abolish slavery in England, in which he persisted for decades until his health was broken. In a way the movie contains a subtle message to us today, to not give up in our fight against abortion, no matter the obstacles, until every God- given life enjoys the legal protection of the right to life. John Newton, a former slave ship captain turned born- again Christian, and author of the hymn "Amazing Grace," is featured in several important scenes in the movie.

I did a little digging and found some more links:

Patricia Heaton, one of the producers of the movie, has some info on the movie’s journey to the screen at her blog. (You knew that the former Everybody Loves Raymond star is a Christian and an outspoken opponent of abortion, right?).

Interview with Amazing Grace director Michael Apted – Christian Spotlight on the Movies

Chuck Colson’s Breakpoint commentary on William Wilberforce

Breakpoint’s review of the movie

Gene Edward Veith says at his blog that Amazing Grace is "reportedly filled with explicit Christianity, which is worse than explicit [s-x] in some circles." He is right, the movie is filled with explicit Christianity. As far as it being considered worse than explicit [s-x], I wonder if that is why we had to drive to a theater 25 miles away in order to see it, as none of our local theaters were showing it. I hope the movie makes a boatload of money and the horror, violent, gory junk that the local theaters opt to feature instead flops.

If I can find the links I had last night, and others, to movie reviews and more info about the movie, I will keep adding them to this post throughout the weekend.

Friday night at the movies

We finally got a chance to see The Nativity Story this week. What an excellent movie! If you haven’t seen it yet, see it before it leaves theaters. I especially loved how they portrayed the relationship between Joseph and Mary, how she grew from not knowing him, to loving and appreciating him as her husband. It seems this movie hasn’t done well at the box office, which I couldn’t understand. Why isn’t the church supporting this family- friendly, Christ- honoring movie the way it did Passion?

We saw trailers for two other movies coming up which we definitely want to see. One is Amazing Grace, the story of William Wilberforce, who worked tirelessly to end slavery in Britain after coming to Christ. The same company which did Narnia is doing this movie. It opens in theaters on February 23. The next is Miss Potter, the story of Beatrix Potter and the creation of the Peter Rabbit stories. It stars Renee Zellweger and Ewan McGregor, and opens in theaters today!