“Superman” is not Jesus

Man of Steel” is tops at the box office, and some of the $125 million it brought in during its opening weekend came from churchgoers. Warner Bros., you see, is marketing its Superman flick as Christian allegory.

Don’t believe it.

(A few spoilers follow. You’ve been warned.)

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The Christianity is sort of in there, at least insofar as “Man of Steel” follows the familiar template of an outsider who is the only hope for some group’s salvation. In this case, the outsider comes from Krypton, and the group is all of humanity. The same hero story appears in countless forms throughout history, literature and cinema.

Yet this is no “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” that bludgeons the viewer with its Christianity. One must squint to see the Jesus between all of the explosions.

The Christian myth is especially hard to find toward the end of “Man of Steel.” If Jesus had followed the same path as this Superman, he would have come down from the cross, fought a miraculously violent battle with the Romans, and left hundreds or thousands of unlucky Jews dead in the smoldering ruins of Jerusalem. Then, reflecting the film’s biggest misunderstanding of the Superman character, he would snap Pontius Pilate’s neck with his bare hands.

Henry Cavill at the world premiere of his new movie "Immortals&quo t; at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles. November 7, 2011 Los Angeles, CA (Jaguar PS / Shutterstock.com)

Henry Cavill at the world premiere of his new movie “Immortals&quo t; at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles. November 7, 2011 Los Angeles, CA (Jaguar PS / Shutterstock.com)

Director Zack Snyder was not particularly subtle with his other preachy messages.

Krypton explodes because Kryptonians depleted their natural environment in an endless search for energy. Global warming, anyone?

Superman is an alien, but he grew up in America. When a general questions where the big guy’s loyalties are, Superman explains, “I grew up in Kansas, general, about as American as it gets.”Immigration commentary?

There is even a libertarian theme about the freedom to choose one’s own destiny.

Warner Bros. hired Grace Hill Media, a public relations firm that specializes in Christian marketing, to make sure people find a sacred story, too. A “Man of Steel Ministry Resource Site” offers special screenings for pastors, videos, images and even sermon outlines with titles like “Jesus – The Original Superhero.”

One sermon aims to help pastors reach kids. “In the movie, Superman first offers himself to save the earth. Superman loses, earth wins. But then he realizes he must fight to save the earth and stay to keep saving the earth. Christ didn’t just give himself over to reverse the judgment against us, he did that then rose victorious – and continues to fight for us,” it explains.

Many pastors took the bait and promoted the film from the pulpit. Sunday matinees filled with people coming straight from the pews.

Actor Henry Cavill (center) attends the world premiere of "Man of Steel" at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center on June 10, 2013 in New York City. (Debby Wong / Shutterstock.com)

Actor Henry Cavill (center) attends the world premiere of “Man of Steel” at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center on June 10, 2013 in New York City. (Debby Wong / Shutterstock.com)

The most striking thing is not that a superhero story would resemble the Bible, but that even believers are so gullible. “Man of Steel” is not Christian polemic, religious outreach or a covert attempt to convert summer moviegoers. Marketers are framing a summer blockbuster to appeal to a certain audience, just as they frame it other ways to appeal to other people with other tastes.

The message does not matter, only selling tickets does. This is not about Christianity; it is about the dollars in Christians’ wallets.

It’s one thing to release overtly Christian propaganda and ask the faithful to show up. “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” and “Passion of the Christ” were Christian films. “Man of Steel” is a summer blockbuster onto which marketers want to shoehorn a Christian message.

Warner Bros. has made religious appeals before. It did so with “The Book of Eli,” “The Blind Side,” and even the “Harry Potter” series, which was about as pagan as it gets, what with all the witches and warlocks.

Some Christians and other religious thinkers have gotten wise, pointing out how they are being played and just how overblown the Superman-Jesus comparison really is.

Henry Cavill poses for the gathered press during the Wonder-Con convention in San Francisco, California on April 2, 2011. (Oscar Benjamin / Shutterstock.com)

Henry Cavill poses for the gathered press during the Wonder-Con convention in San Francisco, California on April 2, 2011. (Oscar Benjamin / Shutterstock.com)

The pastors who fell for it appear as only desperate to look cool and in tune with what the young people are watching. Well, that or as dupes who convinced their trusting flocks to give millions to Warner Bros.

Rather than worry about whether “Man of Steel” matches your faith, go see it because you like loud summer extravaganzas featuring superheroes. It’s a moderately fun ride for two-plus hours that is best experienced, not subjected to theological scrutiny.

(Originally published on Joanne Bamberger’s (aka PunditMom) “The Broad Side,” cross-posted with permission.)


Christian Trejbal is a freelance writer and editor based in Portland, Ore. Overcoming graduate degrees in philosophy, he worked as an editorial writer at The (Bend) Bulletin and The Roanoke Times for more than a decade. He serves as open government chairman and a member of the board of directors of the Association of Opinion Journalists. Follow him on Twitter @ctrejbal.

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  • Anthony Maguire

    General Zod represents the embodiment of Satan therefore it is quite acceptable in Christian terms for Kal-El to snap his neck.

  • Ashes

    I love you

  • base R

    Superman can totally be compared to Christ. If you’re anti Christian, anti faith, then that’s your problem. Of course bert and ernie can be perceived as good friends but come on..look at the cover of the New York er. I don’t get why people are so against Christ. I get it, there are jerks who preach hatred, no4 Christian like. And this article saying Jesus would kill jews. Really. He was jewish. His followers were jewish and non Jewish. Sheesh.

  • pamsfriend

    So the lord of the universe, who is eternal, will donate 33 years and 3 days of torture to save the bulk of humanity from his own punishment? 33 years? Out of trillions upon trillions numberless eternity? To save much of humanity? From your own judgement? How is that heroic?

  • MarianoApologeticus

    The likenesses are all too obvious even as they are obfuscating. An article, and video by the same name, makes the likenesses clear from the movie’s various trailers. Try searching online for “New Superman movie: Man of Steel (aliens and pentagrams).”

  • http://translation.gmrtranscription.com/ Beth Worthy

    I haven’t seen the movie but have heard mixed
    reviews from those who have. But no one really mentioned what is being
    discussed here. I find me telling myself to go catch up on the movie this
    weekend.

  • CalebBoone

    Gentlemen:

    Superman is not Jesus.

    Superman is not like Jesus and cannot be compared to Jesus.

    Superman does not have his origins in Christianity.

    Superman derives from the German Uber-Mensch or Zarathustra:

    http://philosophy.eserver.org/nietzsche-zarathustra.txt

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thus_Spoke_Zarathustra

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Also_sprach_Zarathustra_(Strauss)

    Zarathustra derives from Zoroaster:

    http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/658060/Zoroaster

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zoroaster

    Those who compare Superman to Jesus have either forgotten or have chosen to ignore the well-known historical, philosophical, literary and religious origins of Superman.

    Sincerely yours,

    Caleb Boone.

  • BillFromDover

    I didn’t realize that Jesus wore red over-diapers that were shitcaned for a more modern appearance.

  • paulabflat

    did you knot understand what i typed? did i naught receive a passing grade on my little essay?
    like i care.

  • 2patricius2

    People see Jesus in all kinds of movies and plays and literature. All you need is the imagination. And in a country where most people are Christian (many of whom see Jesus as a warrior, rather than a pacifist), it’s a way to market a movie to pastors.

  • emjayay

    Right. Because a couple of Jewish cartoonists in the 1930’s were so all about Jesus.

  • emjayay

    Not using capitalization isn’t as cool as you think. It just makes your comment less readable. In fact, I never read anything by anyone who is so apparently deluded or unable to find the shift key.

  • Iban4yesu

    Of course not! First everything indicates that Jesus was not handsome. Partly because God has known that in this wicked generation, this evil charlatan who made this appallingly homophones and viciously racist flick would have this crazy idea to pull this trick exploiting the beauty of my secret boyfriend. I will

  • Zorba

    Not to mention the practice of female genital mutilation, including infibulation, in many of the areas you mention.
    The “value” placed on female virginity has to do with female genital mutilation, of course, but I have always thought that the early marriage for females also plays into this, at least in part. If your “bride” is barely nubile, then you can be more assured that she is a virgin.
    And we have surely hijacked this thread far beyond its stated theme! ;-)

  • Zorba

    The Orthodox are much more into the concept of mystery than the Catholics, who seem to want to explain everything by, as you said above, “rationalism.”
    Well, let’s face it, religion itself, of any kind, is not “rational.”
    And the Orthodox have more than plenty of loopy beliefs themselves. But they are more in tune with early Christianity, and recognize that some things must be simply accepted as “mysteries.” That their beliefs are basically μυστικός (mystic).
    St. Augustine. Pffffffffuuuuiiiii!

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Same background here TA, but it was a well circulated fact among our group that religious habits cut off circulation to the brain so that critical reasoning was thwarted and thus faith was the only alternative. An example: when asked about the Holy Mother’s Ascension into heaven and the possibility of her being pulled into orbit around one of the planets because gravitational pull, It was explained that some things must be accepted on ‘faith’ alone.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    lol

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    “pretty much ignore the theology of St. Augustine,”— As any sane person might! :-)

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Early Christianity is best expressed in Coptic and eastern traditions ( Ethiopia for example) than standard Catholicism which is corrupted by Greek rationalism and the Pauline doctrines.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Pedophilia is standard in the tribal lands of Afghanistan,much of Africa and is a regressive abomination in cultural Islam. It accounts for tens of thousands of fistula cases and abandonment among children forced to bear early pregnancies.One hears about it the West because of horrendous crises occurring with the abuse of women. In the poetic Landays of Afganistan it is often discussed among women them selves.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    That could happen!

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    When Christianity is fully and seriously discussed as relevant to a comic book cartoon, maybe it’s a sign of the ultimate degeneration of the fantasist cult.

  • http://www.americablog.com/ Naja pallida

    Then my work is done here. :)

  • http://poodyheads.wordpress.com/ Papa Bear

    Now THAT’s just sick…
    8-O

  • nicho

    I don’t like to make snap judgments without sufficient evidence. I have to try both of them before making up my mind.

  • Zorba

    Oh, no kidding, NP. Among which are the Catholic doctrine of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary (that she was supposedly “conceived without sin” herself), Papal Infallibility, and the over-all power of the Pope of Rome, himself. There is no one bishop with such power in Eastern Orthodoxy. Even the Ecumenical Patriarch is considered only primus inter pares (first among equals). Any Patriarch can persuade, but not compel. He still has to get his Synod of Bishops on board. As one priest told me many years ago, “a bishop is a bishop is a bishop.”
    Then there is the fact that Orthodox priests are allowed to marry (albeit they must marry before they are ordained) and Catholic priests are not (although I think they still allow the Byzantine Rite Catholic priests to be married; at least, they used to).
    And the Orthodox pretty much ignore the theology of St. Augustine, and his concepts of Original Sin.
    Those aren’t the only differences, of course. But they are some fundamental ones.

  • http://www.americablog.com/ Naja pallida

    In those days, your milk man would have just been the goat out back. ;)

  • http://www.americablog.com/ Naja pallida

    The reading I’ve been doing, scholars believe that Mary was actually betrothed and sent into Joseph’s household when she was 12, but they couldn’t be married until she was 14, because that was the more “appropriate” age. By modern standards, we scoff, but was pretty much the norm in antiquity. Though, the chances of Joseph actually being 90 years old were pretty slim. At a time when life expectancy was about 30 years of age, there wouldn’t be too many 90 year olds wandering around. That would have made him over a hundred by the time he would have started apprenticing his wife’s bastard son.

    I’ve always been fascinated at the differences between Orthodox beliefs and standard Catholicism. There are really some fundamental rifts.

  • Zorba

    Yep. I was born and raised Greek Orthodox, and we were taught that Joseph had been married before (presumably a widower) and had children from that marriage.
    I always thought that it was pretty creepy for an old guy to want to marry a 14 year old. At that age, she must have been barely into menarche, which occurred much later in earlier times than now.
    Pedophilia? ;-)

  • http://poodyheads.wordpress.com/ Papa Bear

    that he had a very happy milkman?
    ;-)

  • BlueIdaho

    Just goes to prove that most of the crazy Christians are simple sheeple and will do anything the preacher (or priest) tells them to do. Pretty sad.

  • nicho

    SPOILER ALERT: I haven’t seen the movie, but doesn’t “Jesus” kill someone in the movie? That would be quite a departure for both Jesus and Superman. This would be the first time in history that Superman killed someone. The whole point of his (and Jesus) is that despite their super powers, they don’t kill people.

  • paulabflat

    well. in superman returns, our hero flies up into the sky, hovers above us and listens to everything happening on earth, much like a deity receiving prayers. the imagery couldn’t be more specific if they had, um, tried. he also has fathered a son with a human woman he did not marry. just like them deities do. selfish bunch. so. since it’s a given that kal-el appears god-like to us, even without jor-el’s exposition laying the groundwork, i guess lois’ son is really the jesus figure in superman returns, and superman is god.

  • Drew2u
  • Sweetie

    Not my type, but here you go: http://starcrush.com/chris-evans-daily-swoon/

  • rmthunter

    One of the high points of “The Avengers” is a back view of Evans in sweat pants. Who knew sweat pants could be so sexy?

  • eahopp

    They cut that scene out, along with the scene in John, where Jesus picks up an M-16, and mows down legions of Roman soldiers….In slow motion of course.

  • Drew2u

    Oh, definitely not, but I could still use the studying. Chris Evans I distinctly remember from “Not Another Teen Movie” and the ‘sundae or banana split’ scene.

  • rmthunter

    Moses is another version of the Hero.

  • rmthunter

    How “original” do you expect an archetype to be?

  • rmthunter

    It helps if you leave your expectations at home — just let it be what it is, not what you think it should be.

  • olandp

    Henry Cavill is a beautiful man. I an re-watching The Tudors, where I first saw him. Many beautiful men in that series.

  • rmthunter

    I just added a note to my review of the film at Sleeping Hedgehog (a little horn-tooting here — it’s http://sleepinghedgehog.com, featured in a post from yesterday afternoon) after looking at a review from several years ago of Campbell’s book, and the tie-in is even more pointed than I had realized: Jor-El specifically notes that Kal-El is the only one who can remake Krypton. And that’s what the Hero is all about: transformation.

    And subtle is always better.

  • paulabflat

    ironic, too. since in superman returns the christ references were waaaaaaaaaaaaaay more intrusive. offputting, in fact.
    one movie too late. typical.

  • paulabflat

    yeah. ben hur is a real plodder of a read, too; so is the bible.
    star wars is an obvious retelling of the story of the promised redeemer, on a galactic scale. the most interesting twist is that it’s personal for him, his soul is on the block. remember, until just before his death, vader was a baaaaaaaaaaad man. the in fact #2 bad man in the galaxy. jesus never labored under that burden.
    i think it’s an improvement.

  • rmthunter

    Are you sure you weren’t thinking of Chris Evans?

  • paulabflat

    well. he might be able to whip superman, hands tied and blindfolded. right before superman kicks his ass.

  • rmthunter

    Yeah, so the film’s being marketed to Christians, as well as others. Is there a point you want to make? The idea that Christians are being bamboozled in some way, which seems to be the thrust of your piece, is fairly humorous. If Christians find a correlation between Superman and Jesus, that wouldn’t be a big surprise.

    You might find it interesting to read Joseph W. Campbell’s “The Hero With A Thousand Faces.” Campbell traces the outlines of what he calls “The Story.” It’s the story of the Hero — call him Jesus, call him Superman, call him Hercules, call him Siva, call him Blood Clot Boy, whatever. The Hero, who usually is born under unusual circumstances and often shows signs of special abilities and powers as a child, embarks on a journey, suffers trials and tribulations, meets and vanquishes a terrible foe, is himself transformed, and comes back as an outsider and saves the people. It’s a universal story, and fits Superman as well as it fits any other mythic hero — that’s why Superman has the hold on us that he does.

    And as for your other complaints, is there some rule that says a film maker — or any other artist — can’t use their work to comment on current events? And as for the idea that a superhero blockbuster can’t have any substance — well, you haven’t been reading comics lately, apparently.

  • Thom Allen

    I was raised as a strict Roman Catholic and did 12 years in Catholic school. We were taught that Joe was indeed old at the time, but was a crusty old bachelor. One of the nuns, suggested that maybe he never married because he was deformed or had leprosy. The good sister never mentioned that he might be gay. Another nun, when asked about Jesus having brothers and sisters, said that we all have brothers and sisters in the church. And, that Jesus was so good and kind that he treated all of his playmates as if they were blood kin and not merely friends. Therefore all of them were his “brothers and sisters.”

    Shortly thereafter, one of the priests appeared and essentially said, “Stop reading the bible, you’ll only confuse yourselves.” And, “Just STFU and Beeleeve!”

    But thanks for the references. I had heard mentions of Jesus having siblings, but just thought that that was the usual Evilvangelical ravings.

  • http://www.americablog.com/ Naja pallida

    You lost me on the second part. Orthodox churches, and many apocryphal writings, speak of Joseph having several children from a previous marriage. Catholicism hasn’t quite rectified it, but the New Testament refers to brothers and sisters of Jesus, and it is something generally accepted, even if the Church hasn’t made an official declaration on the point. Though, Joseph was an old guy (90!), whereas Biblical scholars guesstimate that Mary was around 14 or so when they married. So what do you suppose that says about him? :)

  • Carlton Nettleton

    Small issue – the photo in the story of Henry Cavill is credited from San Francisco when it clearly says in the background that Henry Cavill is in SAN DIEGO.

  • eahopp

    Ben Hur on a chariot can whip Henry Cavill’s Superman with his hands behind his back, and blindfolded!

  • eahopp

    ironically, right after Star Wars came out, a couple of authors wrote books equating Star Wars and the Force with Christianity, and Obiwan Kenobe was really Jesus. The Force was really God, the Emperor was Satan, and Darth Vader was the anti-Christ. All the main characters had a religious counterpart. I think one of those books was titled The Force of Star Wars, but I can’t recall. They were terrible reads.

  • eahopp

    Richie Rich?

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    I draw the line at goyer dessert bagels.

  • Thom Allen

    “’Superman” is not Jesus'” If you don’t believe, even Jesus isn’t Jesus.

    I always suspected that Jesus was gay. He always was palling around with a bunch of guys, often at the beach, cruising on boats with them, sometimes kissing, them even doing foot washing (and what about that dirt that was a LITTLE higher up . . .?). Never dated a woman. Mary Magdalene was a fag hag. Mary must have been frantic. Judas got his panties twisted cause Jesus picked Peter as his main squeeze. Judas got carried away in a major hissy fit and turned Jesus in. Pontius Pilate (of the Roman Republicanis division) was wildly anti-gay and dedided . . . well, you know the rest.

    I think Jesus got it from his dad. Joseph was an older, unmarried man, kinda odd for those times. He was into making wooden kitsch pieces and decorating his hut. Joseph is starting to sweat, afraid that he’ll get outed. Bet his parents were pushing for him to start dating and then tie the knot. Suddenly, this young, pregnant chick shows up. Joseph knows a good beard idea when he sees one and marries her. Instantly becomes a hetero in the eyes of his family (sigh of relief). And, lo and behold, Joseph winds up with a wife and a son with minimal effort on his part.

  • cole3244

    sadly, so are you.

  • Sweetie

    They’re part of society, too.

  • Sweetie

    You should see the traveling Vatican exhibition. Some of the depictions of him and the disciples are like soft-core.

  • Alexx

    As long as people are okay with Jesus being an illegal alien =P

  • Zorba

    No, no, no! The Wolverine is!

  • http://www.americablog.com/ Naja pallida

    Reading that line, immediately a scene from the Exorcist came to mind…

  • paulabflat

    star wars is a more overt allegory than man of steel. darth vader is the redeemer.

  • paulabflat

    Henry Cavill is the one true god…brandy
    wait. i thought ben hur is the one true god.

  • paulabflat

    wait. i thought darth vader is jesus.

  • paulabflat

    uh…excuse me…what?…what were you talking about?…uh….oh…yeah…thor.

  • Zorba

    Mine, too. As you can probably tell from my nom de blog. Named myself after his “Zorba the Greek.” ;-)

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    When I was a boy all the holy cards show him as blond and blue eyed.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Thanks Zorba. He was/is one of my literary heroes.

  • cole3244

    by the charlatans.

  • Zorba

    ((Ahem)) It’s “Kazantzakis,” K. There’s a “t” in it. ;-)
    And he was anathematized by the Church of Greece for “The Last Temptation of Christ.” As a result of which, he could not be buried in a Greek cemetery. He was buried on the wall around Heraklion. His epitaph says Δεν ελπίζω τίποτα. Δε φοβάμαι τίποτα. Είμαι λέφτερος. (I hope for nothing. I fear nothing. I am free.)

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    That’s what Kazanzakis thought too.

  • Sweetie

    By what, extraterrestrials?

  • Drew2u

    A while back I got “Chris Pine” and “Chris Hemsworth” mixed up as the same “Chris” so I had to *ahem* study both just to make sure that they were indeed different men..

  • Drew2u

    Funny enough, the “Harry Potter” series was a much stronger Jesus allegory than “Man of Steel”.

  • nicho

    Well, the PTB kind of told Jesus to shut up and go away. Instead, he kept it up and god whacked in the end. He could have just taken Mary Magdalene and gone away and lived a nice long life.

  • Bill_Perdue

    http://www.jesusneverexisted.com/

    and Thor is much cuter

  • SkippyFlipjack

    I had fun watching this movie, and even more fun laughing at the stupid bits which start about halfway through.

  • SkippyFlipjack

    Funny, I didn’t get the “Jesus” stuff from the movie. If the studio is able to spin it as such, good for them. Joseph Campbell would tell you that most religions have pieces of this story at their core. And who was it who said that there are only two stories in the world, “A stranger arrives in town” and “Someone goes on a journey”?

    But frankly, I’d definitely crack open the Bible if it explains why there’s this special commemorative “S” key that does one thing when you put it in halfway and something else when you push it in the rest of the way, and everyone seems to intuitively understand that fact, so when Superman puts the key in halfway and the machine starts attacking him he slaps it the rest of the way in instead of doing what most people would do, say “Holy crap, fuck this” and pulling it out again so the machine stops hitting him.

  • Naja pallida

    Haha, I’ll admit, I had to go to Urban Dictionary for that one. :)

  • http://heimaey.us/ jim morrissey

    I’m pretty sure Jesus was an otter.

  • http://heimaey.us/ jim morrissey

    I don’t know when I was a kid I always admired his abs on that cross.

  • http://heimaey.us/ jim morrissey

    I thought Hitler said Nietzsche said Superman was the Aryan race? This gets so confusing.

  • nicho

    Don’t be silly. Of course Superman isn’t Jesus. How lame! Batman is Jesus. And if you don’t agree with my, I’ll burn you at the stake.

  • Indigo

    I’ve noticed that too.

  • Indigo

    Henry Cavill did a wonderful job of channeling Christopher Reeves.

  • Fireblazes

    It’s just a movie!

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    I always wondered if he didn’t get pitted skin with all that supersonic jumping and flying into polluted atmosphere.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    For love ,we all have our cross to bear.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    That’s just because he was a hair bear! in sandals :-)

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Almost as trivial as Dark Knight Rising.

  • Naja pallida

    With a name like David Goyer, I wonder about the script writer for Man of Steel too. ;)

  • A_nonymoose

    I must admit, I had high hopes for this one. I should have known better.

  • nicho

    Describes about 99 percent of movies today.

  • cole3244

    religion is the manipulation of society.

  • A_nonymoose

    Long, loud, poorly written, boring.

  • nicho

    The fiction writers who created the Jesus myth were too.

  • fentwin

    I’ve found that some people actually get visibly agitated when I tell them that Jesus was a Jew.

    Not an Earth shattering “revelation”, yet here in the BIble Belt, its taken by some as blasphemous. :)

  • BrandySpears

    It’s just one of those things we’ll have to let the theologians, leprechaunologists and unicornologists (people who study things that don’t exist) decide on it’s merits. PS: Henry Cavill is the one true god.

  • jomicur

    If he lay his head down, that crown of thorns would have really hurt.

  • judybrowni

    So was Jesus’ mother, Mary. His father, not so much (if you buy that story.)

  • Dave of the Jungle

    He had no place to lay his head.

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    And another thing, I never wanted to sleep with Jesus.

  • mrm1138

    Yep. If anything, Superman seems a bit more like Moses than Jesus. (Not that the allegory is that much more accurate, but still…)

  • kingstonbears

    Save your money and wait for it on Netflix. Saw it, not worth it.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    I’m sure Joseph Campbell would just label this as yet another “hero’s journey” story, and not even an original one at that.

  • Brian

    Don’t you remember that scene in Mark where Jesus broke free from the cross, and then had a huge punching fight with Pontius Pilate, destroying most of Jerusalem in the process?

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    “The most striking thing is not that a superhero story would resemble the Bible, but that even believers are so gullible.” Well, the gullibility characterization is perfectly understandable: virgin birth, holy cannibalization eating Mr. J’s body and drinking his blood, the zombie rising from the dead, a Kryptonite trio of a father, son and ghost who rule over all things, etc and the list goes on. My first reaction that Superman is in any way an allegory for drooling Christian cultists, is nausea. —-Good post Chris!

  • Sweetie

    “Religion is the worship of society.”

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    Jews for Jesus? ;-)

  • Richard_thunderbay

    Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, who created Superman, were both Jewish.

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