I probably shouldn’t admit this, but I was disappointed when venerable London periodical The Sun went to an online subscription model. At least I admit it. This was the *shocker* in The Sun yesterday:
The study, done by “The Bible Society,” also concluded that “Half the parents surveyed thought the story for hit movie The Hunger Games was from the Bible.”
So is this the usual Sun “Man U Captain Caught in Snog with Gail Porter’s Flatmate — and Noel KNOWS?” Not really: I looked up the report and it seems to have a good sample size (though the questions are a bit conditional).
The Society’s aim is a campaign called “Pass It On,” to “encourage parents to read, watch or listen to a Bible story with their child.” Read the entire report here.
So is Western civ screwed or is this just really cool? If anything it’s that “could be” in the question that might be the most telling: Superman is a very Biblical character — some Moses, some Jesus, even some Samson. That we get. And while I don’t think it defines the narrative, it might have bolstered it, as this survey seems to suggest. The parallels give it legs.
I’ve been pretty vocal that it is difficult to completely claim Superman for one religious group or testament. Jerry and Joe grew up in Orthodox Jewish households, but then became much more reformed in their own religious practices. Joe even joined a Christian mystery cult for a time. I don’t say that as anything other than my interpretation of things I have determined to be facts. These were complicated human beings whose spiritual lives are difficult (and almost impossible) to wholly define, just like it is for many of us. They were guys, not gods. That being said, I was just told a great story about Jerry from someone who knew him in Cleveland:
Ps – I forgot to add that – as Joe may have told you – he used to see Jerry Siegel and talk to him when Siegel came to their shul – a tiny synagogue in a house on 105th st. – a 3 minute walk from Glenville – on the anniversary of his father’s death to say Kaddish.
This survey may not reflect well on our combined Biblical knowledge. But it might reflect on what we believe while in the absence of something, whether it is facts, people, or events.
Isn’t that the point?
But I have no idea why The Hunger Games. And, of course, Comment Guy: