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Man Of Steel: Chock Full Of Christian Dog Whistles
Caffeinated Thoughts ^ | 6-22-2013 | Tom Thurlow

Posted on 06/22/2013 11:14:38 AM PDT by reformedcrat

As we walked into the Man Of Steel movie, my wife and I ran into two groups of friends who had just seen the movie and were leaving the theater. One group was Christian, the other group was not. Our Christian friends agreed with what we had heard, that there were several Christian themes and images in the movie. Our non-Christian friends told us that they had not noticed any Christian messages at all. This fits the definition of a dog whistle, a message broadcast to all but heard only by certain ears. And we Christians are the dogs.

But that’s OK with this Christian. In fact, the movie was so chock-full of dog whistles for Christians, it almost felt intentional.

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TOPICS: Current Events; Evangelical Christian; General Discusssion; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: christian; christianallegory; hollywood; jesus; manofsteel; moviereview; superman
Amazing metaphors for our faith throughout the movie. Great movie to take older kids to for discussions after.
1 posted on 06/22/2013 11:14:38 AM PDT by reformedcrat
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To: reformedcrat

I think that there really is something to this but I don’t know why Hollywood is doing it. I have been picking up on these “dog whistles” in a lot of movies and TV shows lately. I don’t look for them but something clicks when I see them. I don’t think it is being done to draw in audiences because you’ve already paid for the ticket. JMO.


2 posted on 06/22/2013 11:26:36 AM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (McCain and "The Flake" have got to go.)
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To: reformedcrat
I didn't notice Christian themes.

I just noticed another CGI-fest with flat characters and shallow plot.

Couldn't wait to get out of the theater. I don't get what all the fuss is about.

3 posted on 06/22/2013 11:31:02 AM PDT by what's up
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To: reformedcrat

Saw them, heard them... loved the movie.


4 posted on 06/22/2013 11:54:47 AM PDT by Frapster (Clear the mechanism)
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To: reformedcrat

Not just some Christian references, but also a big ol’ anti-Islam message as well.

The movie is a bit thin on plot, a lot of destruction, a lot of action which is great, but would like a little more “meat” to the film.


5 posted on 06/22/2013 12:35:43 PM PDT by Thorliveshere (Tais deau sá taghdedaul!)
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To: reformedcrat

“Our non-Christian friends told us that they had not noticed any Christian messages at all.”

For me, this statement prompts the question of whether or not the non-Christian friends would recognize a Christian message if they heard it.


6 posted on 06/22/2013 12:47:09 PM PDT by D_Idaho ("For we wrestle not against flesh and blood...")
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To: Frapster
Haven't seen the film yet but intend to. This and the Hobbit Part II will be the only ones I will probably go to a theater to see this year. I've been hooked on Superman since George Reeves days tying a pinning a towel to the back of my shirt and jumping off our front porch steps.

The Superman film before this, Superman Returns, had its share of Christian symbolism including the crucifixion posture taken as he fell to Earth after saving it, apparently dead. There were others which I cannot recall specifically but I felt they were fairly obvious. It sounds like in the new film they are more overt and frequent.

7 posted on 06/22/2013 12:51:58 PM PDT by katana (Just my opinions)
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To: reformedcrat; All

You can’t hear the “Christian dog whistles” (or the music for that matter), because all you can hear is the sound of buildings being smashed and falling down the whole time.

I liked the movie... but it’s a total assault on the senses, catering to today’s ADHD culture.

I advised my father definately don’t take mom to the theater... instead, wait for it on pay-per-view and watch with your finger on the mute button for every fight scene.


8 posted on 06/22/2013 12:57:35 PM PDT by Rodamala
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To: reformedcrat

Acts 7:51. “You men who are stiff- necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears are always resisting the Holy Spirit; you are doing just as your fathers did.

Romans 11:8. just as it is written,
“ God gave them A spirit of stupor,
Eyes to see not and ears to hear not,
Down to this very day.”


9 posted on 06/22/2013 12:57:54 PM PDT by gitmo ( If your theology doesn't become your biography it's useless.)
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To: reformedcrat

Our culture is packed with tales, stories and myths that point to God’s story, to the fall of man, his redemption through the sacrifice of God’s Son, to the epic battle between the forces of evil and the forces of Righteousness, to the replacement of corrupt wicked hearts with hearts of goodness and righteousness.

For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.


10 posted on 06/22/2013 1:21:25 PM PDT by gitmo ( If your theology doesn't become your biography it's useless.)
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To: reformedcrat
...the definition of a dog whistle, a message broadcast to all but heard only by certain ears...

Which just shows that the whole leftist notion of "dog whistle" is rubbish: literary allusions are only understood by those who read or at least have a passing familiarity with the work alluded to; likewise pop culture references are only understood by those who attend to the relevant domain of popular culture; private jokes based on common shared experience are only funny to the couple, family or group of friends who shared the experience, the list could go on. The notion that there is anything invidious about messages that only some people understand is absurd -- illiterates will always miss literary allusions, those of us who prefer high culture to (at least most of) pop culture will always miss pop culture references, and the rest of the world doesn't get private jokes. So?

11 posted on 06/22/2013 1:24:19 PM PDT by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know...)
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To: reformedcrat

10 Reasons Superman Is Really Jewish


It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, and It’s Also Super Jewish: The three legs of the Superman myth — truth, justice and the American way — come straight out of the Mishnah
12 posted on 06/22/2013 1:29:31 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (I'm a christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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To: reformedcrat

Why can’t people just enjoy things without over analyzing every single thing


13 posted on 06/22/2013 1:31:58 PM PDT by stuck_in_new_orleans
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To: reformedcrat

I noticed some of the connections, too.


14 posted on 06/22/2013 1:37:43 PM PDT by WinOne4TheGipper (Lord, confuse the wicked, confound their words, for I see violence and strife in the city.Psalms55:9)
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To: reformedcrat

If you really want to get the Good News out quit trying to blow dog whistles for the like minded to hear and make a joyful noise that ALL can hear


15 posted on 06/22/2013 1:48:50 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: Thorliveshere

How would you compare it to the 1978 Superman film(plot and story wise, not special effects and action wise)?


16 posted on 06/22/2013 6:56:21 PM PDT by ReformationFan
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To: reformedcrat

I thought a better Superman movie for Christian themes was “Super Man Returns” from a couple of years ago!!


17 posted on 06/22/2013 7:51:21 PM PDT by JSDude1 (Is John Boehner the Neville Chamberlain of American Politics?)
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To: reformedcrat

I just saw it anhour ago, a must see movie and yes it does send an anti Islam message so to speak near the end, about Washington not listening.
Definitely the best Superman though its more of the JJ Abrams alternate theory.


18 posted on 06/22/2013 8:01:20 PM PDT by Eye of Unk
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To: reformedcrat
Quite a bit of controversy over the way Superman ended his battle with General Zod.

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Crisis of Epic Proportion: When Superman Kills

19 posted on 06/22/2013 8:17:57 PM PDT by Bratch
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To: reformedcrat; caww

Rumor has it that there are a lot of Christian writers in Hollywood who are trying to be a witness in that environment.

It could be they are putting that stuff in, knowing that those who have ears to hear will get the message and it goes right by those who don’t so they won’t be stopped.

Those who hate Christianity can’t stop what they don’t see.


20 posted on 06/22/2013 9:50:53 PM PDT by metmom (For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore & do not submit again to a yoke of slavery)
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To: reformedcrat

A most awful movie.

Superman must’ve murdered 50 thousand people in this movie.

Worst movie I have ever seen period.


21 posted on 06/28/2013 7:28:59 AM PDT by mindburglar (It must be noon, because I'm drunk somewhere.)
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But did it pass Hot Shots Part Deux?
22 posted on 06/28/2013 7:30:31 AM PDT by dfwgator
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I’d spend the rest of my life watching that and Roadhouse rather than having to see MOS again.


23 posted on 06/28/2013 7:49:45 AM PDT by mindburglar (It must be noon, because I'm drunk somewhere.)
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To: katana

I will go see Hobbit II,

but I’ll wait outside the theater until the previews are over.

Went to see Hobbit I, and felt ASSAULTED by the content of the previews.


24 posted on 06/28/2013 7:51:49 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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