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In articles, interviews, and speeches, Pullman has described The Chronicles not just as “propaganda in the cause of the religion [Lewis] believed in,” but also as guilty of advancing views such as, “Death is better than life; boys are better than girls; light-colored people are better than dark-colored people; and so on.” And those are just Pullman’s G-rated charges. He also has blasted The Chronicles in public forums as “one of the most ugly and poisonous things I’ve ever read,” “propaganda in the service of a life-hating ideology,” “blatantly racist,” “monumentally disparaging of girls and women,” and marked by a “sadomasochistic relish for violence.”

If Pullman is right, not only should mainstream moviegoers stay away from Lion, so should evangelical Christians. “The highest virtue, we have on the authority of the New Testament itself,” the avowedly atheistic Pullman said in a recent interview about the movie, “is love, and yet you find not a trace of that in the books.”

But is Pullman right?

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