I have now received from two different sources on the Mormon grapevine this link about the upcoming movie, The Golden Compass. According to the e-mails, this movie is based on a series of books by a devout atheist, who is both anti-religion and anti-Lewis, and means his books as an atheistic counterpoint to The Chronicles of Narnia. The claim is made that the children in the story kill God in the end. Normally one might check this sort of thing out at Snopes, but in this case it is Snopes itself that is being passed around.
This is the first I’ve heard of this brouhaha (I have seen previews for the movie). Is this just some sort of Evangelical-driven hysteria a la the animus against the Harry Potter series? Or is there more substance to this one? Does anyone know?
On a broader level, assuming arguendo that the author is indeed an atheist with an axe to grind, does that in itself suggest boycotting the movie? I remember Arthur Henry King was always a big advocate of the importance of the morality of an author, that if the author was not moral in his real life the literature he produced could not be truly moral, either. I don’t know that I bought that idea at the time, but I haven’t given it much thought. What do our literati think about this?