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Jesus Christ & Superman

| Saturday, June 22, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

On Father's Day, my daughters and their husbands/boyfriends took my wife and I to see the new Superman movie. Despite the somewhat over-the-top special effects, these did not detract from the obvious references to Christ and Christianity.

It is refreshing to see Hollywood produce a movie unashamed of its religious overtones in the spirit of older, but still relevant, movies, such as “Ben Hur.” “Man of Steel” gives us much food for thought and encourages us to be more than spectators.

In “Man of Steel,” the actors were excellent but, more importantly, director Zack Snyder encouraged strong messages of morality and heroism against impossible odds — the Christian theme of sacrifice so others could live in freedom (a la our Founding Fathers), turning the other cheek before retaliating, and living in a world where one didn't belong, would be idolized, then betrayed and finally embraced.

Equally important is the constant struggle we face today between science/technology and religion/humanity. The aliens from Krypton, who had “evolved” into superhuman beings with great intellectual powers (which eventually led to their own planet's demise), considered Superman weak because he lived among humans and took on many of their frailties. Yet Superman prevailed because he cloaked himself in some of our more noble virtues, such as honor, trust, loyalty and protection of the weak, which he learned from his earthly father.

This movie is not without its flaws. But if it can bring the young, computer geeks, technophiles and scientists to the understanding that religion and morality still hold a significance for us in this fast-paced world, it has performed a valuable service.

Michael Contes

New Kensington

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