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Evangelicals weigh in on Superman’s underpants

RIP

There are a lot of places where I’d expect commentary about Superman’s costume changes for the New 52 and the Man of Steel movie. A blog for evangelical Christian leadership wasn’t one of them.

What I love about it is that it’s not a moralistic rail against pop culture a la the Jeff Lamb/Action Comics kerfuffle, but a fannish lament much like the ones we’ve seen on most comics and movie blogs. Pastor and author Skye Jethani calls it a “blasphemy against my childhood hero,” but the tone of his article is actually pretty thoughtful and balanced. In the end he decides to judge Man of Steel on its storytelling rather than Superman’s Underoos.

He also, appropriately for his blog, pulls some leadership lessons from the missing trunks: the power of symbolism, generational differences, compromise, and how much influence leaders (religious, political, or Warner Bros.) actually have. The piece is a fascinating and unexpectedly comfortable blending of religion and pop culture.

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As an evangelical Christian often offended by the stereotyping of said group. Thank You

In the Christian world an evangelical is simply someone who actively professes their faith and spreads their beliefs. Evangelical is a very broad term and is often used to describe people at funerals shouting fags burn in hell, burning Muslim books, or constantly judging the world around them. That’s simply not everyone and certainly not the majority.

I’ve seen superman used in many sermons as an example, and thought Warner brothers alienated a lot of traditionalist and religious groups with the out of wedlock kid, superman was in fact the fisrt movie my granddad saw in theaters since the war and came away very upset.

Bring back the Red Undies!

Can we please just get over the underpants thing?

Captain Librarian

September 27, 2011 at 7:21 am

When I saw this on my twitter feed, I’ll admit I got a lump in my throat, then I gave a sigh of relief. Thanks for the nice, thoughtful article!

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