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Just a Sidekick?

And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him – a threefold cord is not quickly broken. — Ecclesiastes 4:12, ESV When we think about heroic characters like Batman, Green Lantern, and Harry Potter, they are seldom the stories of loners. Each superhero has an assistant, friend, organized helper, […]

The Power of Weakness

I love the large story arc the Marvel universe has gradually unfolded over the last ten years or so. Not every movie is perfect by any stretch, but the way they have woven the various stories together has been captivating. One drawback to these otherwise great movies is their violence. To some degree the violence […]

Superheroes, Saviors, and C.S. Lewis

Introduction In a time of great scientific and technical achievement, when humanity seems to revel in a self-praise approaching hubris, how can it be that fictional superheroes occupy such an expansive position in the shared cultural psyche? What does our modern-day obsession with these spandex-clad über-menschen say about us? In this paper, we will attempt […]

Diana Prince, Apologist? The Great Commission and Salvation in Wonder Woman

When Wonder Woman was released, it was hailed as an audience favorite, and Gal Gadot’s performance as Diana Prince was widely praised. Christian reviewers noted the Christ-like character of Diana’s selflessness and specifically noted that in one critical scene, her method of defeating the main villain was similar to depictions of Jesus on the cross.[1] […]

Super-Women and the Price of Power

The idea of a heroic female warrior is not new.[1] While Wonder Woman, Black Widow, and Captain Marvel have given the trope unprecedented popularity, Homer makes the first Greek reference to the ancient Amazon warrior women in his Iliad. Old King Priam recounts “that day when the Amazon women came, men’s equals,” to fight in […]

Ex-Cult Member Saved by Grace

“…from what you have said about the Church of Bible Understanding…it may have begun as something from the LORD, but gradually you find that it has changed its course…as you’ll find in all these cultish or semi-cultish groups…some person began to dominate the whole thing. In other words, instead of holding fast Christ as the […]

He Will Rise

Myriad comic series, television shows, movies, action figures, and other various capitalistic ventures have grossed billions on the back of the Caped Crusader. It seems nearly impossible to step into the public square without coming across children and adults alike adorned with some form of the Bat. (But on those instances in which the Winged […]