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Jesus: Not Quite Your All-American Hero

Jesus: Not Quite Your All-American Hero

Babe Ruth taught me one thing: “Remember, kid,” he said, “there’s heroes, and there’s legends. Heroes get remembered, but legends never die. Follow your heart, kid, and you’ll never go wrong.” All right, sure… maybe that was the not-so-historical Great Bambino from The Sandlot talking, but still, his advice has stuck with me since I was a wee lad. I believe it was my freshman year of high school that I heard Chad Kroeger of Nickelback opine, “They say that a hero can save us, I’m not gonna stand here and wait.” And I’ll never be able to expunge from…

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Another Week Ends: Book Cover Identities, Soul Toupées, Profumo's Turn, More Superheroes, and Grace in Practice

Another Week Ends: Book Cover Identities, Soul Toupées, Profumo’s Turn, More Superheroes, and Grace in Practice

1. Tim Kreider strikes again! Over at The New Yorker, he doubts whether people should ever design their own book cover. As good as some of Malcolm Gladwell’s material can be, his covers are the gold standard in marketing and catering to expectations. See, for instance, the Malcolm Gladwell Book Generator, and you’ll see what he means (Stretch: What George Takei, the Boston Celtics, and a Toaster Oven Have in Common). Anyway, Kreider’s insights, as usual, go a bit deeper, ht LL:

There’s often an embarrassing disconnect between how people try to present themselves and how they’re actually perceived, which is why they…

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Another Week Ends: Celebrity Religion, Superman Myths, More Spufford, and Santa Uncrossed

Another Week Ends: Celebrity Religion, Superman Myths, More Spufford, and Santa Uncrossed

1. Rod Dreher blogged on a Martin Heidegger interview from 1966, with some incredibly prescient observations about our religious urges amidst the decline of Christianity in Europe/America:

HEIDEGGER: … Philosophy will not be able to bring about a direct change of the present state of the world. This is true not only of philosophy but of all merely human meditations and endeavors. Only a god can still save us. I think the only possibility of salvation left to us is to prepare readiness, through thinking and poetry, for the appearance of the god or for the absence of the god during the decline;…

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"He Will Be a God to Them": The Confused Christology of the Man of Steel

“He Will Be a God to Them”: The Confused Christology of the Man of Steel

Despite the warnings on Rotten Tomatoes, I found myself in the theater watching Man of Steel. I’d decided this was the film I wanted to see on my birthday and, critics be darned, I was gonna see it. Really should have listened to the critics this time.

For some reason I’ve been obsessed with superhero films recently. This is a genre to which I’ve not given an iota of attention or respect. Fantasy has always been a serious favorite, then somehow I began to dabble in other arenas. I could blame Chris Nolan, or I could blame my “sons” (my husband…

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Justice Has Its Price: The Exiles and Orphans of the Justice League, pt. 1

Justice Has Its Price: The Exiles and Orphans of the Justice League, pt. 1

This soon-to-be-classic series on the Justice League from Wenatchee the Hatchet looks at moral/religious themes from Superman, Wonder Woman, and the rest from the Cartoon Network series. In this installment, we look at the temptation of hopes and dreams through Superman’s character. For more on Supes, go here.

Saving the World from Better Worlds

Superman fights for truth, justice and the American way. Superman saves the world. He saves Earth from alien invaders who would destroy or subjugate it as well as from those who call it home and would refashion it in their own images. But as the animated series Justice League (Unlimited)…

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Another Week Ends: Deadly Doing, Horton on Incarnation, Epic Fantasy Appeal, Schizophrenic Hope, DFW Syllabi, Nice Guys, George Harrison and Superman

Another Week Ends: Deadly Doing, Horton on Incarnation, Epic Fantasy Appeal, Schizophrenic Hope, DFW Syllabi, Nice Guys, George Harrison and Superman

1. Andrew Sullivan of The Daily Dish produced a stirring little meditation earlier this week which brought together two of our favorites, philosopher Michael Oakeshott and social psychologist Daniel Kahneman, under the dynamo Oakeshott-inspired title “The Deadliness of Doing.” He speaks about Oakeshott’s lifelong project of trying to recover was a way of doing things which was as unselfconscious as possible. It’s not terribly different from the dynamic described in Tullian Tchividjian’s book we reviewed earlier this week, that true spiritual progress consists in being liberated from self-reference as much as possible, i.e. becoming less fixated on the me-centered notion…

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Batman: The Agony of Loss and the Madness of Desire, Pt 2

Batman: The Agony of Loss and the Madness of Desire, Pt 2

The wait is over! We proudly bring you the second installment of Jeremiah Lawson AKA Wenatchee the Hatchet’s series exploring the mythology of Batman, particularly as it relates to the Caped Crusader’s landmark animated series. To read part one, go here.

PART TWO: Enter the Dark Knight

When the pilot episode of Batman: The Animated Series aired on September 6, 1992, the show introduced itself, famously, with a somber, hyper-stylized depiction of Batman defeating two bank robbers. Opening credits of children’s cartoons normally did not tell stories and when they did, we were told everything we needed to know via the theme…

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Batman: The Agony of Loss and Madness of Desire, pt 1

Batman: The Agony of Loss and Madness of Desire, pt 1

With The Dark Knight Rises primed to rock all our worlds this summer, we draw your attention back to the beginning of Jeremiah Lawson’s AKA Wenatchee the Hatchet’s epic series of posts on the mythology surrounding everyone’s favorite caped crusader, a certain half-Law Incarnate/half-Walking Wound named Bruce Wayne. Jeremiah has previously explored several other aspects of the philosophical, historical and theological underpinnings of the DC Animated Universe, e.g. the conflicted legacy of Superman and the roots of the Cartoon Revolution that the DCAU spearheaded.

“Better is the sight of the eyes than the wandering of the desire: this is also vanity…

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The Seven Sacraments of Harry Potter, Part 1: The Scar

The Seven Sacraments of Harry Potter, Part 1: The Scar

J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter is arguably the most critically and commercially successful children’s series of all time. Over the course of the next month or so, leading up to the release of the cinematic conclusion, we’ll be taking a look at seven elements—some pivotal, some relatively marginal—of particular theological significance within the series. Accio posto!

“Inside, just visible, was a baby boy, fast asleep. Under a tuft of jet-black hair over his forehead they could see a curiously shaped cut, like a bolt of lightning.”

It has become the brand. The focal, jagged-tail P that now crosses the screen of X-Box…

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Superman: An American Icon At War With (And For) His Legacy, Part 5

Superman: An American Icon At War With (And For) His Legacy, Part 5

Holy (Alpha and) Omega Beams, Batman! The final installment of our five-part series on the moral and philosophical underpinnings of Superman: The Animated Series, written by our resident animation expert Jeremiah Lawson aka Wenatchee the Hatchet, is here! We hope you’ve enjoyed it as much as we have. This series is dedicated to the memory of Dwayne McDuffie.

Part 5: Darkseid and The Dark Side of Superman

While Jack Kirby’s New Gods were not originally created with any connection to Superman, over time Kirby’s evil god Darkseid became a recurring foil for the Man of Steel. Ruling from the wasteland planet of Apokolips,…

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Superman: An American Icon At War With (And For) His Legacy, Part 4

Superman: An American Icon At War With (And For) His Legacy, Part 4

Up in the sky, look – it’s part four of our five-part Superman series! Written by Jeremiah Lawson aka Wenatchee the Hatchet, you can find the other parts of the series here, here, and here, respectively. And again, we’re dedicating these posts to the memory of Superman/DCAU whiz Dwayne McDuffie:

Part 4: Brainiac as Kryptonian Sin

A legacy has both the power to heal and to harm. While Superman loves what he knows of his home world Krypton, we also know that, ironically, his great weakness is the most tangible piece of his home world, the substance known as Kryptonite. This fascinating…

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Superman: An American Icon At War With (And For) His Legacy, Part 3

Superman: An American Icon At War With (And For) His Legacy, Part 3

…In which our hero, with the help of trusted guide Jeremiah Lawson aka Wenatchee the Hatchet, takes a long hard look at his heritage and, consequently, his identity. Click here for Part One, and here for Part Two. Again, this series is dedicated to the memory of Dwayne McDuffie:

Part 3:  A Hero With A Dual Legacy

It is to executive producers Paul Dini and Bruce Timm’s credit that throughout their work on Superman: The Animated Series they followed a narrative path in which we see clearly that Superman’s ultimate battle is not with supervillains and corrupt business tycoons but with any/all…

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