Dallas Morning News has an article about the new Superman movie and religious imagery.
The 1978 Superman movie, co-written by Mario Puzo and directed by Richard Donner, resonated with many Christians. In a line resurrected for the new movie, Superman’s dad (played by Marlon Brando) says: “They can be a great people, Kal-El, if they wish to be. They only lack the light to show the way. For this reason above all, their capacity for good, I have sent them you … my only son.”
That’s almost straight out of the Gospel of John, said Reg Grant, a professor of pastoral ministries at Dallas Theological Seminary. But there’s a vital difference from the message of Christianity: The caped, comic book “savior” is not sent to save people from their own evil. “He comes to help us find our potential,” Dr. Grant said.
In fact, the new movie, despite its Christ imagery, could hardly be less theological. There’s nothing of prayer or heaven. Superman offers salvation only from the perils of this world.
Maybe that is where Christianity today is missing the mark. Maybe Jesus DID come to help us find our potential, to save us from the perils of this world. We focus so much on eternity being “out there” after death that we fail to recognize eternity here and now. (more…)