|Quoting Slider (Reply 56):|
they get rather intensively and overtly anti-Christianity
In my opinion only, the books are not anti-Christianity so much as they are anti-church. In a twisted way, the themes that the books express follow Christian themes so closely that it gives exposure to religious ideas that would not normally see exposure with this crowd. In his writing, while distorting the "true message" of the Christian Bible in some places and contradicting it in others, he manages to tell a modern version of the Garden of Eden story quite well. I guess it was one of the things that attracted me to the books in the first place was a new spin on an old concept. And while his stance is pro "Eve eating the apple" as it were, it is well set up so that you have plenty of time to come to grips with why.
I can see why the church would be against such a thing, but then again (in my opinion only), it is not as insidious as even the Da Vinci Code was. Part of the reason I hated the movie is because it seemed to amplify the churches backing of the General Oblation Board as if they were officially sanctioning it. Inh the books I always got the impression that Mrs. Coulter was a bit of a rogue and while she had church resources in her project, she did not have official backing.
That and they portrayed Fra Pavel as trying to poison Lord Asriel which makes the church look like it is in the assassination game. In the books it is the Master who attempts the poison, and does so to protect the girl. And the one time the Church directly goes after the girl, it requires great "preemptive penance" by Father Gomez and is not a decision made lightly.
I just think that the movie attempted to create more controversy than was written in the books (the fact that they removed the "Church" title from The Magesterium notwithstanding) to the direct detriment of the story.
You are correct in assuming that there is no way to get around them, but if they were portrayed exactly like the book, they would seem less intense compared to the depth of the rest of the story. It is only in the shallow form we see in the movie that it seems like much more then I thought it really was.
I will have to watch the movie when it comes out on DVD to see if I am over-reacting to this. I hope this clarifies my stance a little for everyone.