Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Superman as an Anti-Christ figure

Jordan Ballor of the Action Institute for the Study of Religion & Liberty thinks that Superman is an Anti-Christ figure. His Commentary: Anti-Christ Superman: The Superhero and the Suffering Servant contrasts conflicting views of Superman as a Christ like figure and as an Anti-Christ like figure. Ballor is focused on Nietzsche’s will to power masterpeice The Anti-Christ.
Nietzsche’s Superman is a being who embodies the will to power, for “Life itself is to my mind the instinct for growth, for durability, for an accumulation of forces, for power: where the will to power is lacking, there is decline.” Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound: The comic book figure Superman is the embodiment of such invincibility and power
My guess is that Jordan Ballor is a Spiderman fan. Superman blows.


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1 comment:

neuralgourmet said...

Pshaw! Every 12 year old boy knows the best superhero is Linda Carter as Wonder Woman. Well, 12 year old boys in 1976 anyway. And it's because she had that really cool invisible plane. No other reason. Nope.