Heroes and Villains
Hercules, Jesus, James Bond, Luke Skywalker, Gandalf, Frodo, Harry Potter, Buffy Summers, Spiderman, Batman, Captain Kirk, Dr. Who, Darth Vader, Sauron, Voldemort, Lex Luthor, Dr. Doom, the Daleks, the Borg. Almost anybody living in the developed West would be able to group these individuals into two camps: the heroes and the villains. However, what criteria they may use to do this is less clear.
Mike Alsford introduces us to a range of heroic and villainous archetypes on a journey through film, television, comic books, and literature. On the way, he addresses questions such as: What is a true hero? What is a true villain? Have we misunderstood these terms? What kind of societal values do our mythical heroes and villains represent? In trying to understand the extremes of hero and villain we are made more aware of our own ethical standards and given a space in which to explore contemporary concerns over notions of right and wrong, good and bad.
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The Christian religion for example has long held that Jesus , far from being simply a good example to follow , is nothing less than God in human form . The Christian notion of incarnation speaks of a God who takes on the human condition ...
Hauerwas , S. , A Community of Character : Towards a Constructive Christian Social Ethic , Notre Dame , 1981 , p.75 . 16. Augustine , The City of God , Book 22 . 17. In the Summa Theologiae ( Resources for Christian Living , US , 1981 ) ...
see M. Alsford , What If ? Religious Themes in Science Fiction , DLT , 2000 Aristotle , Metaphysics , Penguin Classics , 1998 Barth , K. , The Christian Life , Church Dogmatics , Vol . IV / 4 , Lecture Fragments , trans .
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