Apparently, the Catholic Church’s warnings have fallen upon deaf ears.
Militant atheistic work His Dark Materials, in which the Church is the enemy and the protagonist children kill God, has reached #7 in sales on Amazon.com. Consider these rankings:[LIST]
]His Dark Materials paperback box set = #7
] His Dark Materials hardcover box set = #148
] His Dark Materials* one-volume edition = #231
] The Golden Compass* [book 1] paperback = #313
] The Amber Spyglass* [book 2] paperback = #1,485
]The Subtle Knife [book 3] paperback = #1,083[/LIST](For comparison: Oprah’s Book Club’s latest selection, Pillars of the Earth, ranks #12. The final installment of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows ranks #25. The one-volume edition of Lord of the Rings has fallen to #11,758. The best-selling edition of the King James version of the Bible ranks #35,792.)
What can be inferred from these numbers?* As you can see, the demand for The Golden Compass (upon which the upcoming movie is based) is pretty high, at #313. There is less demand for individual copies of the second and third books in the trilogy (#1,485 and #1,083, respectively) — but demand for the entire trilogy has skyrocketed to #7 in sales for the paperback box set, and #148 and #231 for other editions. Most people have opted to read the entire His Dark Materials. And considering its 4.5-star (out of 5) rating by over 530 reviewers, I’d say that people like them…
Evidently, the Catholic League’s and dads.org/Steve Wood’s ‘five-alarm warning’ to parents that release of the movie would drive sales of the entire trilogy was correct. Consequently, most readers (unsuspecting adults and vulnerable children, alike) will get more than the action tale of the movie — they’ll get a full dose of anti-Christian filth that includes demons as allies, an enemy pope, an oppressive Magisterium of the Church, the murder of God by children, and more.
All Christians, unite!** Inform yourself, inform others and boycott the movie and books!
One piece of good news: Thankfully, the Dangerous Book for Boys ranks #3, and the Daring Book for Girls ranks #5. And surprisingly, C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia paperback boxed set still ranks #280, even though the next installment of the movie series (Prince Caspian) won’t be in theatres until May 2008.