The Golden Compass vs. The Chronicles of Narnia

For K.C., regarding your forwarded email entitled “POLAR BEAR.”

The polar bears reminded me of a movie I saw on DVD (Netflix) the other day in which a polar bear played a major role: The Golden Compass.

It is interesting to compare The Golden Compass with The Chronicles of Narnia. The latter is of course by C.S. Lewis, and is full of Christian allegory. E.g., the hero Lion-King who doesn’t seem to be around to help yet you must believe in him, who sacrifices himself to save the day, and who is miraculously resurrected.

The Golden Compass, on the other hand, is a not so thinly-veiled dig against organized religion, perhaps specifically organized religion of the Christian type (hmm, Snopes has an entry on this). In the movie, the evil Magisterium wants to control everybody’s thoughts, to vanquish free will across all the universes. This Magisterium represents organized religion. Since the story is set in what looks like late-Victorian or Edwardian England, we might take the Magisterium to represent the Anglican Church, but it might instead represent the Catholic Church (the Wikipedia entry seems to indicate the latter).

I wonder, if the version of Christianity that became dominant had instead been a knowledge-based Gnosticism variant rather than the belief-based version that we know, could movies such as The Chronicles of Narnia or The Golden Compass have been written? Would there even have been any movies at all? Would religion-based issues such as evolution and abortion have figured so largely in politics? Perhaps other topics (particle physics? professional sports? music theory?) would have been contentious instead?

If I recall correctly, some religious communities were against Harry Potter because of the alleged promotion of witchcraft. I’m not aware of any religious issues associated with The Lord of the Rings, although I know that Tolkien (friend of C.S. Lewis; they were both Oxford dons) was a devout Catholic.

And it’s interesting that The Golden Compass, The Chronicles of Narnia, and Harry Potter are all set (at least partially; most of the action in The Chronicles of Narnia takes place in Narnia, after all) in what looks like late-Victorian or Edwardian England. And the Shire in The Lord of the Rings looks like medieval England.

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  1. I dont think anyone should watch this film, but the free masons control everything! so theres nothing we can do!
    The freemasons are against christianity and islam. the 2 major relegions.
    People are becoming more athiest through out these days.
    The more you know baout them , the more you be aware of them, movies such as ‘ the lord of the rings’ which is masonic – when it has the symbol of the eye .
    It all goes back to the egyptian times ,when they would worship the devil there symbol is a triangle and an eye.
    They think that the devil is going to come back in 2012 and that the devil only has one eye.
    Its all very complicated really ,and all the free masons are very selfish but also quite high up some of them tend to be celebrities .
    Also disney in there films they had subliminal messages! They sent perverted messages to the children , who athc these disney movies. It is all very discusting as well.

    • You mention the Devil returning in 2012, as well as Freemasons. I have an interesting book entitled Apollyon Rising 2012, which predicts the return of an ancient mystic entity (Apollo/Apollyon/Osiris/Dionysos) in 2012. The book claims that many of the founding fathers of the U.S. were Freemasons, and that the architecture and street layout of Washington, D.C. and the symbols on the dollar bill (the Great Seal of the United States) conform to esoteric Masonic symbolism, all intended to hasten the return of this ancient mystic force.

  2. I swear, yesterday I was watching the movie cool

  3. In my opinion, all religion (be it satanism or christianity) is stupid. I myself believe that there is a god but not a specific religion. Natash spelled backwards is h-satan by the way. Anyways, people should be free to believe in whatever they want, but one religion controling the goverment is awfull. I ally myself with athiests for a reason, because they think clearly and without a fake god devil or entity dicating them. Anyhow, narnia vs golden compass is quite amusing since its like seeing two points of view wich either think the other one is evil.

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