Skip to comments.Faith in film: Why science-fiction movies abound with religious themes
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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Not so hard to understand. Fantasy and imagination come from the deepest part of the psyche which is Greek for soul.
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.
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.
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.
This movie was a nice surprise on a couple of levels.
Yup, and the rest of it sucked rocks.
As originally imagined, Superman was closer to Moses than Jesus.
Considering one Sci Fi writer started a religion on a bet from another, this is not so strange.
Touche’....the biggest joke of all. Lost on those Hollywood morons.
Actually, since Satan is here, don’t know of any intelligent alien who would want to be here.
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.
I loved that movie too.
The last scene, when he is dying and reciting the Bible was so moving.
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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.
When he started reciting the KJV, I found myself reciting it with him.
(Of course, I have not memorized the whole thing...YET. LOL)
I guess I will have to look that one up and watch it.
And he memorized the bible while walking across post apocalyptic America while blind.
that makes it a lot more difficult! LOL!
However, Eli did have divine protection.
Babylon 5 struck me as very fair towards religion considering JMS is said to be an athiest.
Yes. he did.
His Martial Arts prowess was supernatural, also.
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!
“Actually, since Satan is here, dont know of any intelligent alien who would want to be here.”
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.
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.
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. :)