‘Where Is Your God Now?’ (Or, That Brief Horrible Moment We All Thought Bieber Was Robin)

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"Where is your God now?" accused one of my friends. "I'd have to rethink the problem of evil and God's goodness, if it were true" said another. I—who usually am not thrown off in situations of theological doubt in the face of pain—stood there, silent, unable to muster up a response in the face of such pointless evil.What horror could throw my friends and I into such deep, existential and theological instability? This:In case you weren't aware, over the weekend Justin Bieber threw up a pic … [Read more...]

Finding Super-Blessings Among Cinematic Bombs

Possibly a publicity still from the upcoming Superman/Batman movie. Image: Pop Culture Geek via Flickr (CC BY 2.0).

 Superhero films result in many small blessings, perhaps including the amusing fact that some critics seem determined to coax themselves into disillusionment with the genre.After the last Comic-Con, I’ve heard more such views from secular and Christian critics.Secular critics seem to say: The superhero genre is tired; Hollywood is stretching to make a super-mint. Recently DrudgeReport.com gave its own headline to the Man of Steel sequel story: “Studio tries SUP … [Read more...]

Superman: Not Just a Man, but a Just Man

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Note: This article contains references to events in the movie Man of Steel that could be construed as spoilers.It is no state secret at this point that Warner Brothers rather cannily marketed Man of Steel to Christians, playing on the obvious and intentional parallels between Superman and Jesus the incarnate Son of God. Our own Derek Rishmawy has done solid work in untangling these parallels and parsing out the values and pratfalls of viewing Superman Christologically. But there is another … [Read more...]

Studios are Selling Man of Steel, But Should Churches Be Buying?

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 While Man of Steel producers are hoping that they've got another blockbuster on their hands, apparently they've been pitching to one somewhat surprising audience in particular. CNN's Eric Marrapodi reports: Warner Bros. Studios is aggressively marketing "Man of Steel" to Christian pastors, inviting them to early screenings, creating Father’s Day discussion guides and producing special film trailers that focus on the faith-friendly angles of the movie. It seems they're not just trying … [Read more...]

ELSEWHERE: Warner Brothers Helps Pastors Preach The Gospel According To Superman

Are you a pastor who is stuck for material for an upcoming sermon? Well, you might have heard that there's a new Superman movie out. Warner Brothers has kindly gone through the trouble of preparing a handy-dandy sermon guide based on it. Now you can take the rest of the week off. (Obviously, this is, in no way, a crude marketing ploy just to get churchgoers to see the Man of Steel trailer.) … [Read more...]

ELSEWHERE: ‘Man Of Steel’ Receives Some Soaring Early Reviews

One of the summer's biggest blockbusters, Man of Steel, opens this weekend, and reviews have started popping up on the Web. So far, they seem to be middling to positive, but the positive reviews are really positive. Take, for example, Drew McWeeny's review, in which he describes Man of Steel as "the Superman movie I've waited my whole life to see." … [Read more...]


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