05 January 2007

Compass may offend, but nothing to fear

From Compass may offend, but nothing to fear by Bill Fentum:

A boycott, though, only gives free publicity to Mr. Pullman’s work. And sheltering Christian youth from the concept of atheism is futile, too; they’re bound to meet a few atheists in the big, bad world and need to learn how to deal with it.

So why not use these movies, the books and the controversy itself to spark productive dialogue—not only with kids but also adult friends?

If we don’t, the church treads too closely toward matching the Magisterial model set up by Mr. Pullman. And that, indeed, is something to fear.

I’m not familiar with the books. I was intrigued when the subject came up in the 8th grade Sunday school class that I lead.


We find comfort in the things we grew up with because they reflect the values that they themselves instilled within us. Weird.

Uphill both ways...

My kids can watch Spongebob Squarepants nigh 24/7. There’s so many shows I watched when I was a kid simply because we didn’t have a lot of choice. Of course, what things would I have done if I hadn’t had TV. I’m constantly amazed, however, by the kids’ ability to turn off the technology. When we were at the bank yesterday, they got bored with the courtesy video game in the lobby and ended up playing with the Lincoln Logs instead.