Hello. Ryan here. I need some people to weigh in on a subject for me. I'll try and be brief, but for those of you who know me, the only thing brief about me are my work outs...as you can tell by my slightly enlarged face and small muffin top (in my defense my brother says my face "puffs up like a bee sting in pictures). I bought p90x, but I can't make it through one DVD--having some Russian chick be able to do 25 pull ups when you can't do one isn't really motivating (though I think I detected a slight bulge in "her" lime green spandex--I'm on to you Katarina).
So I have a slight nerd streak in me--I love Harry Potter and the Chronicles of Narnia--just so you know, I've never read Lord of the Rings, so one cannot classify me as a sci-fi freak. I just like a little bit of thought provoking fantasy. So Erica and I rent movies from Red Box all the time--she picked the last movie-The Women-I can handle a chick flick, but this did women no favors. If any of you liked it--well you're probably still single and now you know why.
I rented The Golden Compass. I know it came out a long time ago and the only reason I didn't rent it earlier was from a chain e-mail from a friend talking about it's anti-Christian plot line. Now I don't usually read chain e-mails, especially from this girl in accounting, she's sweet, but the last time I forwarded the e-mail off to 10 friends I didn't receive a phone call in 5 minutes with someone telling me I won a million dollars (that's what I wished for--I figured world peace is soon on its way with Obama coming right?) ;)
Anyway (so much for being brief, but I hope you're interested), I decided to rent the movie. I REALLY liked the movie and I actually got a very different view of the meaning of the movie. I looked it up on Wikipedia and followed a few websites--sure enough the movie, based on the book, is about "The Church" (not ours, just in general) brainwashing kids into just beleivingand taking away their agency. The author, who is agnostic, said he believes in God, but a God like the one Christians depict deserves to be rebelled against. I wanted to be offended, but I kind of liked the idea of people believing because they want to believe and not just because they are forced to. I guess this story is one of three in a Trilogy called His Dark Tools (not the warmest series).
Here's the question...have any of you read this? What is your take on it? I think this guy has a great point. Please respond.