Honestly, I’ve noticed this thread sort of illustrates what almost always happens in a lot of these threads here.
Someone makes a statement which defends a view which is interpreted from a Catholic or Christian perspective.
Then someone who is not Catholic or who is Catholic and has more modern views makes a counter statement. Often, it ends up into these hair splitting micro /macroscopic analyses of written statements, with the counter statement side demanding a smoking gun sentence, written in patently clear unambiguous Anglo-Saxon states that this person said that or that guy means this, and if you don’t have a sentence spelling it out word for word in an uninterrupted sentence then forget it: you can’t prove anything.
Human Beings are not always frank in their language; they beat around the bush; they communicate using innuendo and allusion; some times, you have to read between the lines and scrutinize what people are saying, and then draw conclusions. People always don’t speak the truth or their minds directly. Formulistic logic, while very helpful in analyzing people’s statements, is not the only criterion (before you ask my to elaborate, because I won’t, try to think about human nature).
From the threads, it sounds like these stories are receiving a special endorsement from American public school districts through the placement of a poster in school libraries.
Why this book over all the other books written in human literature?? Why don’t these children read classic literature like Beowulf, Canterbury Tales, Shakespeare’s Dramas, Aesop’s Fables, The Great Brain series, Tom Sawyer, The Iliad, The Odyssey. These books are classics, have withstood the test of time, and are part of the heritage of Western culture.
These are among the greatest works of art in the history of Western man; they have a million times more educational value than the Golden Compass; but instead, American public schools close school early and take these kids to the movie theater to watch Harry Potter on its opening day.
I have no idea where this Golden Compass book came from; it certainly is not a classic, i.e., withstood the test of time, and sounds like it was written by another hack who wants to make a fortune off a bunch of children (you can buy all the toys at your local Box store and I’m sure there will be a fast food tie in as well).
If you guys have any good questions that are sincere, I might answer them; however, I’m not answering and refuse to answer any trifling, annoying questions of the kind, with all due respect, that IMO Ahimsa is asking. I don’t have to and I’m not obligated to and I don’t want to waste my time on every Tom, Jerry, and Harry that poses a question.