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It sounds like a culture-war set piece: Hollywood rolls out a religious-themed Christmas blockbuster and conservative believers go ballistic. That was the story this weekend with the release of "The Golden Compass."

Based on the wildly popular fantasy novels by British author Philip Pullman, a famously outspoken atheist, the film casts God and the Church as evildoers. Or does it?

Some have called for a boycott of the film. But Pullman fans say the movie lacks the deeper spiritual meaning of the books.

This hour, On Point: the storm surrounding "The Golden Compass."Guests:

Stephen Prothero, chair of the religion department at Boston University and author of "Religious Literacy: What Americans Need to Know."

Hanna Rosin, contributing editor to The Atlantic Monthly and author of "God's Harvard: A Christian College on a Mission to Save the Nation."

Father James Martin, Catholic priest, associate editor of America: The National Catholic Weekly, and author of "My Life With the Saints."

This program aired on December 11, 2007.

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