Who’s a Hero?

Thank you to Thom Stark for making me aware that the folks at HISHE (How It Should Have Ended) have tackled Doctor Who. In this video, the Doctor stops by to compare superhero status with Superman and Batman. Enjoy! [Read more...]

The Dark Knight Rises

I recently watched the Batman movie The Dark Knight Rises. It offers an interesting exploration of notions of good and evil and the possibility of redemption. If you have not seen it, be aware that some minor spoilers lie ahead. Batman fits into the category of the broken hero, the individual who fights evil, but who [Read More...]

The Avengers

It took me until now to get around to watching the movie The Avengers. But I’m glad I did. In addition to action and great (if not scientifically feasible) special effects, it contains a great deal that is food for thought and discussion, for those of us interested in the intersection of religion and popular [Read More...]

The Legion of Baptist Superheroes

I’ve long known about (and have mentioned before) the Adherents web site’s catalog of superheroes’ religious affiliation. Today I learned via IO9 that on that web site there are now also graphics depicting the superheroes of a given tradition. Here are the Baptists: I am guessing that some are American Baptist, some are Southern Baptist, [Read More...]

Superhero Saints

I’ve been meaning to blog about this since it first turned up on Matthew Paul Turner’s blog (subsequently getting mentioned at IO9 and Greenflame). Superheroes are regularly situated at the intersection of religion and science fiction – see Steve Wiggins’ recent post on Alien Deities as one example – but not always quite as blatantly [Read More...]

Green Lantern

It seems as though all the recent superhero movies begin with theology. Green Lantern is no exception: the opening monologue speaks of a race of immortals who oversee and work to protect the universe. If that isn’t theology, nothing is. I suspect that many of us who are not regular readers of classic comic books [Read More...]


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