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Faith in film: Why science-fiction movies abound with religious themes
Deseret News National ^ | April 6, 2014 | Kandra Polatis

Posted on 06/16/2014 9:29:23 AM PDT by EveningStar

In "Man of Steel," the most recent Superman film, when Superman's parents send their son away from their dying planet to save his life, his mom worries he will not be accepted on Earth because he is an alien to the planet.

"He will be an outcast. They'll kill him," his mother says.

"How? He'll be a god to them," says his father, Jor-El, who believes Superman will be an ideal Earth's inhabitants will strive to reach.

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TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Religion; Society; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: cinema; film; movies; pseudoreligion; religion; sciencefiction; scifi

1 posted on 06/16/2014 9:29:23 AM PDT by EveningStar
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To: Borges; DollyCali; Perdogg

ping


2 posted on 06/16/2014 9:29:47 AM PDT by EveningStar
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To: EveningStar

Not so hard to understand. Fantasy and imagination come from the deepest part of the psyche which is Greek for soul.


3 posted on 06/16/2014 9:32:56 AM PDT by amnestynone (Lindsey Graham is a feckless, duplicitous, treacherous, double dealing backstabbing corksucker.)
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To: EveningStar

Neither Siegel nor Shuster wanted Kal-El to be godlike. Originally, Superman could not fly, but could leap great distances, rather like the Hulk (who came years after the original Superman). Superman’s creators wanted a plausible scientific explanation for whatever abilities the character exhibited.


4 posted on 06/16/2014 9:33:05 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: EveningStar

Well. Religion may present themes for many sci-fi works, I don’t think it is in a positive manner. One writer whom I followed for 40 years, Heinlein, had an especially demeaning vision of religion that was present in many of his later works.


5 posted on 06/16/2014 9:34:24 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: EveningStar

I loved Book of Eli.

While not exactly religious themed, I liked the reverence with which the Bible was treated and the apparent divine protection of Eli who carried it.


6 posted on 06/16/2014 9:35:37 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: EveningStar

This movie was a nice surprise on a couple of levels.

7 posted on 06/16/2014 9:39:24 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: martin_fierro

Yup, and the rest of it sucked rocks.


8 posted on 06/16/2014 9:42:13 AM PDT by mad_as_he$$
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To: Olog-hai

As originally imagined, Superman was closer to Moses than Jesus.


9 posted on 06/16/2014 9:44:16 AM PDT by Bratch
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To: Gaffer

Considering one Sci Fi writer started a religion on a bet from another, this is not so strange.


10 posted on 06/16/2014 9:44:35 AM PDT by Ingtar (The NSA - "We're the only part of government who actually listens to the people.")
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To: Ingtar

Touche’....the biggest joke of all. Lost on those Hollywood morons.


11 posted on 06/16/2014 9:45:28 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: EveningStar

Actually, since Satan is here, don’t know of any intelligent alien who would want to be here.


12 posted on 06/16/2014 9:56:27 AM PDT by huldah1776
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To: EveningStar

Science Fiction was an outgrowth of Romanticism - which was an attempt to recreate the visionary aspect of Man while not going back to the pre Enlightenment Age of Faith rigidity which they hated.


13 posted on 06/16/2014 9:59:06 AM PDT by Borges
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To: cripplecreek

I loved that movie too.

The last scene, when he is dying and reciting the Bible was so moving.


14 posted on 06/16/2014 10:06:09 AM PDT by left that other site (You shall know the Truth, and The Truth Shall Set You Free.)
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To: EveningStar
Though more often than not Sci-Fi has had more than it's share of Nay-saying, but occasionally it has its moments:

"Mankind has no need for gods. We find the one quite adequate." – James T. Kirk, Star Trek ("Who Mourns for Adonais?"

“That's the thing about faith. If you don't have it you can't understand it. And if you do, no explanation is necessary.” Kira Nerys- ST DS9 'Accession'

Lourdes: “I know a lot of people have lost their faith, but mine is stronger than ever.”
Karen: “Good for you. Next time you get on your knees could you see if the Big Guy can get us a operational B-2 Bomber loaded with nukes?”
Lourdes: “I don't pray for God to give me things. I don't think it works like that.”
Karen: “The what do you pray for?”
Lourdes: “I ask God to show me what I can do for him.”
Falling Skies

Spock: Companion, you do not have the power to create life.
The Companion: That is for the Maker of all things.
Star Trek-Metamorphosis


Shepard Book: River, you don't fix the Bible.
River: It's broken. It doesn't make sense.
Shepard Book: It's not about making sense. It's about believing in something, and letting that belief be real enough to change your life. It's about faith. You don't fix faith, River. It fixes you.
Firefly
15 posted on 06/16/2014 10:08:29 AM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: OneVike; Jane Long; dragonblustar; goodnesswins; Salvation; Waryone; TNoldman; chicagolady

I thought you might like a ping.


16 posted on 06/16/2014 10:09:24 AM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: left that other site

And despite the book falling into Carnegie’s hands, it was useless to him because it was in braile.

Mila Kunis was actually very good in that too.


17 posted on 06/16/2014 10:10:37 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: cripplecreek

When he started reciting the KJV, I found myself reciting it with him.

(Of course, I have not memorized the whole thing...YET. LOL)


18 posted on 06/16/2014 10:13:28 AM PDT by left that other site (You shall know the Truth, and The Truth Shall Set You Free.)
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To: cripplecreek

I guess I will have to look that one up and watch it.


19 posted on 06/16/2014 10:14:33 AM PDT by Ingtar (The NSA - "We're the only part of government who actually listens to the people.")
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To: left that other site

And he memorized the bible while walking across post apocalyptic America while blind.


20 posted on 06/16/2014 10:14:55 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: cripplecreek

Indeed!

that makes it a lot more difficult! LOL!


21 posted on 06/16/2014 10:15:43 AM PDT by left that other site (You shall know the Truth, and The Truth Shall Set You Free.)
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To: left that other site

However, Eli did have divine protection.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3YzFhqObAiQ


22 posted on 06/16/2014 10:19:16 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: Kartographer

Babylon 5 struck me as very fair towards religion considering JMS is said to be an athiest.


23 posted on 06/16/2014 10:45:05 AM PDT by wally_bert (There are no winners in a game of losers. I'm Tommy Joyce, welcome to the Oriental Lounge.q)
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To: cripplecreek

Yes. he did.

His Martial Arts prowess was supernatural, also.


24 posted on 06/16/2014 10:46:41 AM PDT by left that other site (You shall know the Truth, and The Truth Shall Set You Free.)
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To: EveningStar

I think the Global Warming crowd suffers from a severe case of Jor-El Syndrome.

Oh, if ONLY they had listened to ME! I am after all the most BRILLIANT SCIENTIST who ever lived!


25 posted on 06/16/2014 12:01:23 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: huldah1776

“Actually, since Satan is here, don’t know of any intelligent alien who would want to be here.”

Precisely!

We don’t know if there are other races out there or not; the Bible does not say. God created mankind and He can create whomever or whatever He wants. If there are “aliens” out there, He created them for some reason.

The point is that this planet is a war zone right now. If the Lord created any other intelligent race other than us, and if that species is capable of star travel, there is going to be a massive huge “No Trespassing” sign floating outside of our solar system. Planet Earth is a No Fly Zone.

That being said, I imagine there is unintelligent life all across the universe. Algae, plants, even trees. God creates life and beauty, and I doubt He made all those estimated planets out there with zero life-forms. Once we have spacecraft that can reach out there, I won’t be the bit surprised when they bring back a leaf.


26 posted on 06/16/2014 12:35:54 PM PDT by PastorBooks
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To: cripplecreek

I saw the Book of Eli a bit differently. It was the clearest representation of faith shown in a modern setting I have ever seen. Eli depended on God for everything, his food, water, self-defense, guidance, and health. When you consider the actual state of Eli’s eyes, his tremendous faith becomes abundantly clear.

I understand that others might have a completely different view of the subject as I saw that one person even watched the movie and thought Eli was a muslim — a “muslim” who just happens to love memorizing the entire Bible.

Needless to say, the Book of Eli is one of my all time favorite movies.


27 posted on 06/16/2014 3:27:55 PM PDT by Waryone
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To: PastorBooks

Yup and the reason we are so special is that we are created in His image. Targets of jealousy. Not even the angels have that on their resume. :)


28 posted on 06/16/2014 5:44:02 PM PDT by huldah1776
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