The Golden Compass is about a pre-adolescent girl name Lyra living in a world similar to ours but different in many ways. She stumbles into an epic battle between those on the side of her Uncle Asriel (the academic and scientific world) and a powerful group called “the Magisterium.” As the adventure unfolds, Lyra becomes embroiled in a battle against those who claim allegiance to the “Authority.” This film is adapted from the first of three books in the His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman, an author who claims the goal of undermining Christianity.
- In Lyra’s world everyone’s soul is called a “daemon” and it appears in an animal form that reflects the person’s basic personality. What animal form would your soul take if visible? (See "A" Below)
- Lord Asriel refers to someone called “The Authority.” Asriel has a conflict with members of “The Magisterium” who support the Authority. Who do you think this “Magisterium” is supposed to represent in our world? (See "B" Below)
- Why would Mrs. Coulter and the Magisterium cut children away from their daemons (souls)? (See "C" Below)
- In what ways does The Golden Compass imply Christian beliefs are the problem rather than the solution?