It looks like we’re "off to the races" again with the impending release of the anti-religious children’s film The Golden Compass. Based on the open atheist Philip Pullman’s books, the release is beginning to generate the predictable firestorm.
Unfortunately, as is the case with much anti-religious (usually anti-Christian, most of these people don’t have the guts to take on Islam) material these days, it’s a sad song we’ve been hearing for a long time.
In Pullman’s trilogy on which the movie is based, a pair named "Adam and Eve" end up killing a god named "Yahweh." But such a scenario begs many questions. Is he saying that God was once alive but now dead, as liberal "Christians" used to do in the 1960’s before they got run over in the stampede out of the church? Why does he give publicity to the creation story, one that evolutionistic atheists hate just about worse than anything else? Why can’t athetists write about the glorious world they’re supposed to be leading us to, rather than incessantly coming back to the theistic one they’re trying to destroy?
Looking for the answer takes me back to an episode on the 700 Club in the late 1970’s, when Pat Robertson was interviewing Richard Wurmbrand. He was the Romanian Anglican/Lutheran minister who spent many years in jail under Nicolae Ceauşescu’s communist regime. Later he founded the organisation that is now known at the Voice of the Martyrs. Well versed in Marxism, Wurmbrand made the statement that Karl Marx wasn’t a true atheist–he knew God existed, he just hated him. (That, BTW, is where the phrase "God-hating liberals" comes from.)
For anyone who knows anything about communism, that’s a pretty bold statement. Universal atheism was one of the fundamental objectives of the "dictatorship of the proletariat," where the "opiate of the people" would dissappear along with the state. In the end neither did. At the core of the problem is the simple fact that eternity is more hard-wired into human beings than atheists want to admit.
And that includes the atheists as well. They never seem to tire of pillorying Christianity. But, in doing so, are they admitting that they’re not real atheists? Surely they should have figured out by now that real Christians face an uphill battle in getting to positions of power and influence in Western societies, certainly in Europe and to a lesser extent in the U.S. But they keep on acting like they’re facing a firing squad from the nearest megachurch. Like Madeleine des Cieux’s miracles in the novel The Ten Weeks, the more attention the left-wing government paid to the miracles, the stupider it looked. In spending so much time attacking religion, the atheists only admit that a) they really hate a God they’re afraid exists more than deny his existence, and b) give backhanded credibility to Christians.
The danger for Christians–and it’s a real one–is that, in a country where Evangelicals work far too hard to be a part of society, Christian parents will take their children to see such a movie without realising the nature of its message. The campaign against the film may be lampooned by its critics, but it’s part and parcel with the system. After all, secularists, you weren’t hauling the few children you had to the Chronicles of Narnia, were you?