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You may have noticed the increased amount of notices for you to notice.
And, we have noticed that some of our notices have not been noticed.
This is very noticeable.

It has been noticed that the responses to the notices have
been noticeably unnoticeable. Therefore, this notice is to
remind you to notice the notices and to respond to the
notices because we do not want the notices to go unnoticed.

From the Notice Committee for Noticing Notices

Is it possible to be totally partial?

If the cops arrest a mime, do they tell him he has the
right to remain silent?

What do you do when you see an endangered animal that
eats only endangered plants?

Isn't it a bit unnerving that doctors call what they do "practice"?

When strike sign makers go on strike, is anything written on their signs?

Why isn't there mouse-flavored cat food?
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Doing the Devil's Work:
Spinning Yarns that Deceive

The Harry Potter phenomenon is the biggest thing to
happen to children's literature in decades. And
plenty of ink has been spilled arguing about the
underlying worldview of these books.

But right behind Harry Potter on the bestseller
lists are the books of another author whose worldview
is perfectly clear -- and that's the problem. Philip
Pullman's "Dark Materials" trilogy illustrates that
stories may be used for ill as well as good, and
reminds us of the importance of having a well-
developed worldview critique.

Philip Pullman is a teacher and a storyteller who
delights in capturing kids' imaginations -- and he's
very good at it. His fantasy series, the "Dark
Materials" trilogy, has been translated into 21
languages and has sold more than a million copies.

Some have compared this English author to J.R.R.
Tolkien and C.S. Lewis -- and there are parallels.
Not only are his stories immensely popular, he lives
and writes in Oxford. What's more, he's very
conscious of the relationship between literature and
worldview. For him, children's stories are about
questions like: "Where did we come from?" and "Where do we go?"

By all accounts, Pullman's trilogy is quite
sophisticated: Even adults are attracted to the way
he weaves together elements from Star Wars, quantum
mechanics, John Milton, William Blake, and other
literary sources.

But that's where the similarities end. As Pullman
himself puts it, Tolkien would have "deplored" his
writing and "Lewis would think [he] was doing the
Devil's work." Why? Well, by his own admission
Pullman is writing stories to "undermine the basis of
Christian belief."

In a perverse twist on Milton's Paradise Lost,
Pullman creates a fantasy universe in which God is
weak and deceitful, and the biblical Fall is the
origin of human liberation. What's more, Pullman's
version of the war in heaven ends with God's defeat and death.

Are these stories a challenge to the Christian faith?
Yes, they're a direct assault. But they are also
utterly transparent.

Think about it. Pullman claims he's trying to
undermine Christianity. But the Christian faith
doesn't appear in his novels. The god he depicts is
feeble, not omnipotent. The religion he describes is
petty and malicious, not the faith that inspired
almost every significant humane and charitable
endeavor in Western culture.

Pullman is using Christianity as a straw man to make
his case. But no matter how flawed and incoherent
these books may be, they are still dangerous. Just as
writers like C.S. Lewis used stories to "smuggle"
Christian theology into readers' minds, secularists
like Pullman slip misinformed prejudices into the
minds of unsuspecting -- and uncritical -- readers.

Obviously I don't recommend that your kids read these
books. But their growing popularity makes it likely
they'll run into them. So you need to take the
occasion of these books' popularity to sit down and
explain these issues to your kids. Preparing
ourselves and our kids to respond to books like these
forces us to hone our own worldview.

What's more, Pullman's books will likely be on the
same shelves with tales of Narnia and Middle Earth.
You've got to be sure that your kids and grandkids
can distinguish the counterfeit from the real thing.

For further reference:
"Pullman's Potent Pen Has Power." Southland Times,
27 January 2001.
Wartofsky, Alona. "The Last Word; Philip Pullman's
Trilogy for Young Adults Ends with God's Death, and
Remarkably Few Critics." Washington Post, 19 February, 2001.

Chuck Colson
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But these are written so that you may
believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the
Son of God, and that by believing in
Him you will have life. Jn 20:31

Seek the Lord while He may be found;
call on Him while He is near. Let the
wicked forsake his way and the evil
man his thoughts. Let him turn to the
Lord, and He will have mercy on him,
and to our God, for He will freely
pardon. "For My thoughts are not
your thoughts, neither are your ways
My ways," declares the Lord. "As the
heavens are higher than the earth, so
are My ways higher than your ways
and My thoughts than your thoughts.
As the rain and the snow come down
from heaven, and do not return to it
without watering the earth and making
it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed
for the sower and bread for the eater,
so is My word that goes out from My
mouth: It will not return to Me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire and
achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
You will go out in joy and be led forth
in peace; the mountains and hills will
burst into song before you, and all the
trees of the field will clap their hands.
Instead of the thornbush will grow the
pine tree, and instead of briers the myrtle
will grow. This will be for the Lord's
renown, for an everlasting sign, which
will not be destroyed." Is 55

O Lord, you have searched me and you
know me. You know when I sit and when
I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying
down; you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue you know
it completely, O Lord. You hem me in -
behind and before; you have laid your
hand upon me. Such knowledge is too
wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.

Where can I go from your Spirit? Where
can I flee from your presence? If I go up
to the heavens, you are there; if I make
my bed in the depths, you are there.

If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.

If I say, "Surely the darkness will hide
me and the light become night around
me," even the darkness will not be dark
to you; the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you. For you
created my inmost being; you knit me
together in my mother's womb. I praise
you because I am fearfully and wonderfully
made; your works are wonderful, I know
that full well. My frame was not hidden
from you when I was made in the secret
place. When I was woven together in the
depths of the earth, your eyes saw my
unformed body. All the days ordained
for me were written in your book before
one of them came to be.

How precious to me are your thoughts,
O God! How vast is the sum of them!
Were I to count them, they would
outnumber the grains of sand. When
I awake, I am still with you. Search me,
O God, and know my heart; test me
and know my anxious thoughts. See
if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.
Ps 139

But indeed for this purpose I have raised you up,
that I may show My power in you, and that My
Name may be declared in all the earth. Ex 9:16

When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of Glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride.

Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were a present far too small:
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.
- - Isaac Watts

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