Comic Book Religions

2 03 2009

RELIGIOUS AFFILIATIONS OF COMIC BOOK CHARACTERS

Some Top Super-Heroes
Superman Methodist
Spider-Man Protestant
Batman Episcopalian/Catholic (lapsed)
Wonder Woman Greco-Roman Classical Religion
Aquaman Greco-Roman Classical Religion
The Hulk Catholic (lapsed)
Captain America Protestant
Invisible Woman Episcopalian
Nightcrawler Catholic
Shadowcat Jewish
Daredevil Catholic
Hawkman Egyptian classical religion
The Thing Jewish
The Atom Jewish (lapsed)
Zatanna Dianic Wiccan
Elektra Greek Orthodox

Dawn probably knows every comic book character’s religious identity, but I had no idea they HAD religious affiliations, didn’t know what I didn’t know including the fact that there is a comic book superhero literally named The Atheist.  (But even that religious identity is not quite as straightforward as it seems?)

These graphic groupings by every faith imaginable, look like they’d provide hours of fun!

methodist_comics_collage

Young Son noted the Catholic superhero group photo was much larger than the Methodists (group pictured above and part of my heritage) and opined it must be because Catholics tended to have larger families . . would that affect superheroism though, considering most are unique rather than just ordinary families with extraordinary genes?

So it all just strikes me as cool.   Favorite Daughter is into real-world religions and Young Son is into comic superheroes, so both may enjoy playing in the power of story here, maybe even together. 🙂

Hmmm, and maybe they could start by helping me figure out why “The Atom” has a Jewish backstory yet “the atom” is the US Government’s official symbol for non-believers.

Atom

Frisky cock of the snook for this find, to the idea-packed unschooling resource site Thinking Sticks.

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Intelligent Design Disproved — by Republicans!

2 03 2009

Humor: Mr. Science disproves Intelligent Design :

Q. Can science disprove the theory of Intelligent Design?

Mr. Science: Yes. The conduct of the Republican congressional delegation disproves the theory of Intelligent Design.

Q. What explains the Republican congressional delegation?

Mr. Science: This is a controversial question. Since the behaviors they exhibit do not confer survival value, scientists attribute the delegation’s existence to a phenomenon known as “genetic drift.” Americans who prefer biblical over scientific explanations believe the Republican delegation comprises the remnants of the lost tribe descended from Sabetha, the evil son of Cush.

Q. Should we mandate that public schools teach both sides of this controversy?

Mr. Science: Absolutely. Teach the controversy. Present both sides and let the students decide for themselves. This has worked well with the theory of heliocentricism, which is now accepted by 53 percent of adult Americans. . .