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Fantasyartist 11-18-2012 08:29 AM

What is Superman's relationship with God(if any)?
 
I'm curious- even though I'm not a big follower of the Man Of Steel- what if any is Superman's relationship with God( denomination irrelevant).
Remember he is a MAN not a GOD(like his closest marvel counterpart, the Mighty Thor)- does he ever appeal(pray) to a Higher Power (God)?

Terry

hopefuldreamer 11-18-2012 08:46 AM

Re: What is Superman's relationship with God(if any)?
 
http://www.adherents.com/lit/comics/Superman.html

According to this website, he's a Christian (Methodist to be precise).

alinafrancis 11-29-2012 04:43 AM

Re: What is Superman's relationship with God(if any)?
 
Of course I too have read somewhere that he is a Christian and he is like a god's angel send to us for rescuing from extreme situations.

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Spider-Fan83 11-29-2012 06:16 AM

Re: What is Superman's relationship with God(if any)?
 
tho, I am sure he was raised with Christian value by the Kents, ironically doesn't his existences (as an alien from another planet) kinda disprove religious teachings

Llama_Shepherd 11-30-2012 10:21 AM

Re: What is Superman's relationship with God(if any)?
 
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Originally Posted by Fantasyartist (Post 24658441)
I'm curious- even though I'm not a big follower of the Man Of Steel- what if any is Superman's relationship with God( denomination irrelevant).
Remember he is a MAN not a GOD(like his closest marvel counterpart, the Mighty Thor)- does he ever appeal(pray) to a Higher Power (God)?

Terry

He knows the Abrahamic God definitely exists, he fought the Spectre and wrestled an angel. But he may not have a relationship, many deities exist, so he may not have any real relationship.

Redwolf 12-17-2012 12:27 AM

Re: What is Superman's relationship with God(if any)?
 
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Originally Posted by Spider-Fan83 (Post 24757921)
tho, I am sure he was raised with Christian value by the Kents, ironically doesn't his existences (as an alien from another planet) kinda disprove religious teachings

How does the existance of aliens disprove religious teachings exactly??

Comics N' Toons 08-17-2013 12:12 PM

Re: What is Superman's relationship with God(if any)?
 
I always thought the comics were explicit in the fact that the Kents were METHODISTS (protestant) and raised Clark as such. (am I wrong?)

The Hill 09-11-2013 11:33 AM

Re: What is Superman's relationship with God(if any)?
 
Who is Rao?

Comics N' Toons 09-11-2013 12:34 PM

Re: What is Superman's relationship with God(if any)?
 
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Originally Posted by The Hill (Post 26830167)
Who is Rao?

Rao is the name of the Kryptonian red sun!

In the earliest days of Krypton, the sun was worshiped which is where you get the phrase "GREAT RAO!"

The Hill 09-11-2013 01:13 PM

Re: What is Superman's relationship with God(if any)?
 
Ohhh, okay. Every time I've read that expression, I always thought he was referring to a Kryptonian Deity. Seems I wasn't too far off.

Thundercrack85 09-11-2013 01:15 PM

Re: What is Superman's relationship with God(if any)?
 
I assume Clark isn't a conventional Methodist. Comes off more like a deist.

Though Superman worshipping (or even name dropping) Rao is kind of strange. Unless he has like a religious experience.

Comics N' Toons 09-12-2013 07:37 PM

Re: What is Superman's relationship with God(if any)?
 
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Originally Posted by Thundercrack85 (Post 26830651)
I assume Clark isn't a conventional Methodist. Comes off more like a deist.

Though Superman worshiping (or even name dropping) Rao is kind of strange. Unless he has like a religious experience.

We have to assume he is a deist and feels the same way about god (the same skepticism and wonder that the founders of the U.S. had). How does a man/alien who is god-like reconcile the idea of a god.

SuperFerret 09-12-2013 08:10 PM

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Originally Posted by Comics N' Toons (Post 26837423)
We have to assume he is a deist and feels the same way about god (the same skepticism and wonder that the founders of the U.S. had). How does a man/alien who is god-like reconcile the idea of a god.

Depends on how you define "god". Superman is the equivalent of the gods in most of the classical mythologies. The Abrahamic God/The Source is far above them in terms of scope of power and influence.

Thundercrack85 09-12-2013 08:10 PM

Re: What is Superman's relationship with God(if any)?
 
Well, I'm a bit rusty on my Kryptonian theology, but I figure it stands to reason that if people like Jor-El, and Zod revere or worship Rao (either nominally, or outright), then I don't see why Superman couldn't worship a similar deity. Or perhaps Superman is something more like a unitarian universalist.

No matter how powerful you are, there's always a bigger fish.

Comics N' Toons 09-12-2013 08:54 PM

Re: What is Superman's relationship with God(if any)?
 
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Originally Posted by Thundercrack85 (Post 26837551)
Well, I'm a bit rusty on my Kryptonian theology, but I figure it stands to reason that if people like Jor-El, and Zod revere or worship Rao (either nominally, or outright), then I don't see why Superman couldn't worship a similar deity. Or perhaps Superman is something more like a unitarian universalist.

No matter how powerful you are, there's always a bigger fish.

But Rao is the Kryptonian sun, so for Superman to be like Jor-El or ZOD in that regard, he would have to worship our sun, which is fitting since he gets all his powers from it LOL!

Thundercrack85 09-12-2013 08:58 PM

Re: What is Superman's relationship with God(if any)?
 
Actually, Rao is both the name of Krypton's sun and the name of the god.

I assume that Rao was once identified with the sun, the same way some human religions identified their chief deity with our sun (I.e. Ra).

The Kryptonians presumably don't literally worship their sun. At least not by the time they mastered interstellar travel.

jjgravitas 09-26-2013 09:18 PM

Re: What is Superman's relationship with God(if any)?
 
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Originally Posted by Thundercrack85 (Post 26837851)
Actually, Rao is both the name of Krypton's sun and the name of the god.

I assume that Rao was once identified with the sun, the same way some human religions identified their chief deity with our sun (I.e. Ra).

The Kryptonians presumably don't literally worship their sun. At least not by the time they mastered interstellar travel.

According to the version of Zod that appeared on Smallville Season 9, the Kryptonian religion involved the worship of science and shared knowledge. In that context I suppose that Rau represented the embodiment of all scientific knowledge. Of course, Zod at the time was using the shared knowledge issue as leverage to try to convince Clark to share his knowledge / powers with the rest of the Kryptonian community as they had arrived on Earth totally powerless.


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