August 24, 2006

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s Supernatural!

Posted in fiction, film, mythology, philosophy of religion, science, scripture, theology at 9:02 am by Jerry

Have you noticed that Superman is very much like a materialistic Messiah?

An alien who is materially stronger, faster, “His eyes are a flame of fire” (Rev. 19:12), can literally see beyond surfaces, hear the cries of those who want to be saved, defy gravity by ascending into the clouds or walking on water. His only weakness is the sinful material called Kryptonite. And though Kryptonite came from his home world, not even Superman knows its origin. Only his father from beyond knows.

Ancient cultures viewed birds as heavenly messengers. Modern day scientists hope to gain knowledge of the heavens by technical flight. And the religious? Just exactly how do they receive a heavenly message? And would the message be non-material, only effecting a non-material soul?

I looked up “Supernatural” in the dictionary…


1. of, pertaining to, or being above or beyond what is natural; unexplainable by natural law or phenomena; abnormal.
2. of, pertaining to, characteristic of, or attributed to God or a deity.
3. of a superlative degree; preternatural: a missile of supernatural speed.
4. of, pertaining to, or attributed to ghosts, goblins, or other unearthly beings; eerie; occult.via

…and I’m still confused.

Is the supernatural non-material? Or is it greater material? Because, if it’s non-material, where does the material world end and the non-material world begin? And how do they relate from one to the other? How does the non-material world have a material effect on the material world?



  1. worstwriter said,

    Materialism? Perhaps, what you should look up is the origin of “superman”. May I suggest, with a grain of salt, here:

    Personally, I love the original idea of the messianic “superman” that, in this bright colored incarnation, cannot be killed by “man”. Shame they didn’t come up with that in the last incarnation.


    Best regards,

  2. becky said,

    Perhaps someone who claims to be a writer should know the function of a simile. (“Have you noticed that Superman is very much like a materialistic Messiah?”) May I suggest (sans grains of salt) a brief refresher, here:

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