Saturday, June 17, 2006

Man of Steel or Man of Sorrows?

More on Superman as Savior. We create heroes, I contend, because every soul knows it needs a savior. Of course, since they are the product of our sin-sick spirits, these heroes, as admirable as we may make them, still fall woefully short of the Lord Himself. Andy Parker from makes the point much more effectively in ...

"Is It Man of Steel or Man of Sorrows?"


A line from SUPERMAN RETURNS quoted on the official site seems to make the connection all but explicit. Superman hears his father say: “They can be a great people. They wish to be. They only lack the light to show the way. For this reason above all, their capacity for good, I have sent them to you – my only son.”

A cinematic Messiah Superman may certainly be. Though, like almost all celluloid saviors, Superman represents the glorified aspirations of exalted man rather than the God of the Bible who humbles himself, taking the form of a servant.

And here's the movie trailer ...

Apple - Trailers - Superman Returns - Medium

The Gospel could not have come from the human mind. In fact, our flesh rebels against the very notion of a servant hero who comes to die because of our sin. But there it is.