The Superpowers and the Glory (Hardcover)
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Christians love superhero movies, just like everybody else. But should they? How do the themes in the world's most popular movies relate to Christ's teachings? How do believers reconcile superhero violence with Jesus's message of peace? How does the Sermon on the Mount relate to superhero power fantasies? The Superpowers and the Glory helps readers answer those questions by teaching them how to identify the themes in superhero movies and examine them through Christian theology. With deep dives into nearly every superhero movie ever released, the book trains readers in understanding the worldviews behind movies such as Iron Man, Spider-Man, and Wonder Woman. Each chapter includes discussion questions, perfect for small groups, Sunday school classes, or personal inquiry. From Marvel hits like Black Panther and The Avengers to DC blockbusters Batman and Justice League to indie characters Hellboy and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Superpowers and the Glory is an easy-to-read guide to using superhero movies to strengthen your relationship with Christ.
About the Author
Joe George is a pop culture writer and member of the North Carolina Film Critics Association, whose work has appeared in outlets such as Slate, SyFy Wire, and Polygon. He is a regular contributor to outlets such as Tor.com, Think Christian, Den of Geek, Plough Quarterly, Faithfully Magazine, and Living Lutheran. He holds a PhD in English and is a lecturer in the English Department at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.