OK, some of you that know me, have a pretty good clue that I’m a nerd or geek if you will. Superheroes are just one of the ways this manifests for me. And, no, I’m still decided on the DC vs Marvel universe as my personal favorite.
With that now in the open, when I saw the title of this book, how could I resist? I received the book “Superheroes Can’t Save You: Epic Examples of Historic Heresies” by Todd Miles from B&H Academic’s B&H Bloggers program for me to do a review on it. I really enjoyed this book with how the author compared seven major superheroes to misconceptions about Christ Jesus and how we can easily fall even so subtly into these heresies. I would highly recommend this book.
I received a copy of this book from B&H Bloggers / B&H Academic for me to do a review on it. In full disclosure, I was not required or requested by B&H Academic to write a positive review.
I would give this book a 9.7 out of my normal 10 point rating scale. On a “5 star” scale that some websites use, I would give it a very solid 5-star rating.
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I cannot say whether I am a D.C. or Marvel fan as I really like different aspects of each of them. The author of this book cleverly compares some attributes of seven major superheroes to come common heresies that are believed about Jesus Christ. If you unfamiliar with the term heresy, that just basically means something that is a bad or incorrect idea about Jesus. The seven superheroes that the author uses for these heresy illustrations are Superman, Batman, Ant-Man, Thor, Green Lantern, The Hulk, and Spider-man.
The author does an amazing job of navigating through a summary of certain aspects of each superhero defining it and giving a very good background on the topic. Then he goes into explaining the heresy doing an excellent comparison of how it is similar to the attribute of the superhero previously discussed. After that, he explains who commits the heresy in today’s world and then what the Bible actually says that contradicts the heresy. He explains theology as to why it is important to understand correctly and debunk the heresy with Scripture.
This book would be an excellent personal study on gaining a better understanding about Jesus Christ, but also could be a very good group study as well. At the end of each chapter, there are Discussion Questions where some are geared toward personal reflection and then also some group discussion items. As an additional nice touch, there is a For Further Study short section to further discussions and study.
This book is such a creative example of correct Biblical theology explained effectively by juxtaposing the pop culture of superheroes against Christology. This book does a great job debunking these seven common heresies regarding Jesus.
I would highly recommend this book (especially if you have any familiarity with any of these seven superheroes) as the author did a fantastic job exposing these heresies in a way that makes it easy to understand. Even if you have no familiarity with these superheroes, the author explains the superhero trait enough that you would be able to follow it.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
DESCRIPTION OF THIS BOOK
Type of Book: Christian Theology / Christology
Publisher: B&H Academic / Lifeway
Author: Todd Miles @TL_Miles
Publication Date: April 1, 2018
ISBN-13 of Book Reviewed: 978-1462750795
Price for the Book: At the time of writing this review, the cheapest place to get this book is from Christianbook.com. They have it for $14.99 – suggested retail from the publisher is $19.99. Please note that these prices do not include any potential shipping charges.
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|Superheroes Can’t Save You: Epic Examples and Historic Heresies
By Todd Miles / B&H AcademicComic superheroes embody the hopes of a world that is desperate for a savior. But those comic creations do not have what it takes to save us from our greatest foes sin and death. Jesus Christ is able to save us because he is all that the Bible says that he is, fully human and fully divine. According to the logic of the gospel, Jesus must be everything the Bible says that he is so that he can do everything the Bible says that he does. Throughout the history of the Church, there have been bad ideas, misconceptions, and heretical presentations of Jesus. Each one of these heresies fails to present Jesus as the Bible reveals him. And each one of these heresies is embodied in a different comic superhero. Using a comic superhero as an illustration of each heresy, Superheroes Can’t Save You presents:
Many Christians may not understand the language and vocabulary of theological terms like hypostatic union, person, or essence. But they do know who Superman, Batman, and other superheroes are. By comparing something everybody already knows (who the superheroes are) with what they need to know (who Jesus is), this book makes vitally important Christian truths understandable, applicable, and heartwarming to a wide audience.
The Goal of This Book:
The authors’ goal is to provide an explanation of some common heresies relating to Jesus Christ by comparing those heresies to a trait of a specific superhero. The author really did a fantastic job of explaining these heresies and looking toward Scripture to debunk them and show a correct theology regarding Jesus.
My Favorite Part:
I would have to say that my favorite part is the way the author tied the superheroes to the heresy. It was done so well that it made it very easy to follow and understand. Very well done and greatly appreciated, to say the least.
If you are someone has even a minor familiarity with some of the major superheroes, or even if you have no familiarity, the author explains the superhero trait enough that you will be able to follow it. This book does a great job debunking these seven common heresies regarding Jesus.
Introduction: As We Begin…
Chapter 1 – Superman Can’t Save You: The Dangers of Docetism (Jesus Was God in Disguise)
Chapter 2 – Batman Can’t Save You: The Liability of Liberalism (Jesus Was Just a Remarkable Human)
Chapter 3 – Ant-Man Can’t Save You: The Menace of Modalism (Jesus Was One of Three “Costumes” of the One God)
Chapter 4 – Thor Can’t Save You: The Risks of Arianism (Jesus Was Created by God)
Chapter 5 – Green Lantern Can’t Save You: The Agonies of Adoptionism (Jesus Was a Good Man Adopted by God)
Chapter 6 – The Hulk Can’t Save You: The Perils of Apollinarianism (Jesus Had a Divine Mind in a Human Body)
Chapter 7 – Spider-Man Can’t Save You: The Tyranny of Eutychianism (Jesus Was Part Man and Part God)
Epilogue: Unfinished Business
From the publisher’s website: B&H Academic, a division of LifeWay Christian Resources, is dedicated to providing resources for undergraduate and graduate theological education.
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