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God on the Streets of Gotham: What the Big Screen Batman Can Teach Us about God and Ourselves Paperback – June 1, 2012
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Fortunately, Paul Asay doesn't stray from the realm of reasonable comparison and illustration. In fact, he doesn't even come across as preachy. This book feels as much like a memoir as it does a thesis-driven collection of essays. Asay is steeped in the Batman culture, clearly having spent many more hours with his head between the pages of comic book panels than I. But he writes in such a way that you don't need to have that rich historical perspective of the caped crusader to enjoy or even follow along. He provides an interesting perspective, hits his points well, and offers readers an enjoyable conversation. You probably won't get too excited by this book without at least a passing interest in Batman, but that's really all you need.
There are books written about the similarities between the "Star Wars" movies and the Bible. "The Gospel According to the World's Greatest Superhero" even explored the parallels between Jesus Christ and Superman. Books exist talking about how J.R.R. Tolkien used the Bible to fuel his imagination while writing his "Lord of the Rings" novels.
The world of Batman is one I never thought to seek Biblical comparisons to. When a friend of mine told me about a book entitled "God on the Streets of Gotham" coming out on the eve of the release of "The Dark Knight Rises," I knew I had to read it. Batman is such a dark character and his universe is rooted in despair and vengeance on the surface. I was beyond intrigued and wanted to know how author Paul Asay would tie the iconic super hero to the Bible.
First off, Asay is a self-professed Batman fan. He spent his childhood watching "Super Friends." The first coloring book he can remember is a Batman one. He's also the associate editor at Plugged In, which is a website that explores how pop culture traverses Spiritual issues through movie reviews and the likes.
Asay digs deep into the mythology and characters in Batman's universe. He doesn't skim across the surface cherry picking little nuggets to fit his Christian agenda while justifying his obvious obsession with the Dark Knight.Read more ›
Batman has fascinated many since its inception in the DC Comics. Paul explores the similarities between Batman and Christ. Paul isn't saying Batman was ever a believer, but he dissects Batman and Batman's famous villains. The villains are a bit like us. Paul looks at Two-Face and how he went from the savior of a city, good, district attorney, Harvey Dent, to a disillusioned bad guy with one half of his face burned beyond recognition. Harvey or Two-Face mourned Rachel Dawes loss when Batman in one episode was forced to choose who to save. He also explored the Joker and Bane. Paul referred to Batman's purpose as a calling.
"There are very few things that would compel a sane man to tackle the evil lurking in Gotham's mean streets at the rise of every moon. Radical, unflappable submission to a cause is the most rational and reasonable among them. Batman didn't just submit to his ideals, to his calling, in the mountains of Nepal. Every day he renews his commitment, and every night he submits again--even at the risk of discovery, injury, and death." (pg. 92)
I especially liked this chapter. Paul spends a lot of time on dissecting Batman's purpose as a calling. It reminded me of my calling and how often it can be discouraging. Sometimes, you wonder if you make any difference at all? Paul talks about how Batman suffered doubt, too. In these chapters, we read of Paul's childhood or snippets of real life examples as he compares a fictional character to Christ and other biblical characters.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Loved the Book. Not a particular fan of Asay's personal doctrine of salvation, which he felt he needed to insert, but a good book on the whole.Published 8 months ago by Jordan D. Ziegenbein
A well written book that is both personal memoir and spiritually uplifting.
You don't need to be a Christian to appreciate the good writing in Paul Asay's Batman book, which... Read more
If I were to teach a class on what I call Geek Theology (that is, using popular geek culture to teach biblical themes), this would be one of my go-to textbooks. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Hank Harwell
I bought this book to basically have a reference for a class of middle schoolers that I teach at the church, to have something spiritual yet relatable. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Valerie Nolasco
Great book, with amazing tie ins to the religious undertones of the cape
May read it again it was so good
Really great comparison between being a good christian and the examples not only from the three films but various comic book works. Read morePublished on April 6, 2014 by Amazon Customer
it was totally worth buying!
first of all, I'm christian and i love batman and this just brought two worlds together very well. Read more
A very new take on a familiar theme. This book will ask you to discover why Batman has always done what he does.Published on September 22, 2013 by N. Dennis