Tuesday, June 19, 2012

God on the Streets of Gotham by Paul Asay

God On The Streets of Gotham

What the Big Screen Batman Can Teach Us About God and Ourselves

Paul Asay

Tyndale Publishers

What do God, Batman, Christians and villains have in common? Paul Asay's book comparing the Batman to the Christian experience. Mr. Asay takes us on a journey through the more recent movie incarnations of the Batman and a selection of his villianous counterparts.... the Joker, Bane, Two-Face, and others. He delves into the various ways we are like Batman facing a variety of obstacles in our everyday adventure of life. Mr. Asay doesn't portray Batman as a Christian but like Batman we are facing the effects of a sinful world, a messed up dark world that plummets us into conflict, discovery, trouble,struggles, enemies and more. He compares the Batman's armor with how we as Christians have the armor of God, and a lot more.

I found this book to be an interesting read, and those Batman fans out there will find it to be a good read. I did have one issue with Mr. Asay's book which had to do with a few sentences that he wrote. On page 177, he writes, “Somehow we feel it within us, the divine spark.” He brings up this divine spark in a few other passages as well. I'm at a little loss as to what he means exactly. It sounds almost a little panentheistic, in that we all have god within us or god is in everything. I'm not sure that is what he meant, but I think he comes across that we all have some divine in us that is worth saving. So I would like clarification on this.

Overall, I think his writing is good, although it seems as if he was a little redundant with some ideas or examples, It was a book that any Batman fan will find worth reading and interesting, but I would have to be hesitant to recommend it until I know what he means by divine spark.

I received this book from the publisher to give a review, I was not required to give a positive review, and all thoughts are my own.

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