Religion in the DCU

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  1. Elijya

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    we have a Marvel religion thread running right now, but it occurs to me I don't know of any people in the DCU who belong to particular faiths

    I was reading a JLA trade the other day, and they were fighting some aryan group, and one of them indicated they thought the Atom might be jewish. Any truth to that?
     
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    Yeah, I think he is. He's not a practicing jew, though. I remember in Identity Crisis, he remarked that he rarely participated in anything religious.

    As for others, I think Batman is agnostic. I think he beleives some type of higher power exists, but he doesn't belong to any specific religion and probably doesn't care.

    I think Kyle is Irish catholic.

    Hal, I think, is prodestant. Or at least, I think he was raised as such.

    Superman is probably an agnostic humanist. He doesn't really seem to be into religion that much, and really beleives that humanity should depend on itself and shape it's own destiny.
     
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    Zauriel's an actual angel. He respects Earth's religions as guides people use to better themselves, but he's not beholden to any of them.

    Huntress is Catholic, as evidenced by the gigantic crosses she wears.

    Clark believes in God and I'd assume he's Christian, but I don't know what denomination.

    The Spectre's in the same boat as Zauriel, only I doubt he cares much about Earth's religions.

    Starfire believes in her world's god X'Hal.

    Wonder Woman and the Amazons know for a fact that the Greek pantheon exists and pray to them regularly.

    Oh yeah, Pieter Cross, aka Dr. Mid-Nite, is Christian and Mr. Terrific is an atheist thanks to his wife's death.

    I think Hawkman still adheres to the ancient Egyptian relgion.

    Also, Al Roth, aka Atom-Smasher, is Jewish.
     
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    Superman is very Christian, seeing as he went to confide in a Catholic priest in For Tomorrow.
     
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    Clark can even see a person's "soul"
     
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    I don't think going to confession makes you Christian. I just think he did that to confide in someone. He occasionally says "Great Rao!", so maybe he holds a Kryptonian faith.
     
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    That just meant he went to a preist to confide in. I don't thonk he himself is christian. I mean, he didn't seem to be very religious. He was just asking the preist for advice from man to man.



    He can? Since when?
     
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    He was raised by Jonathan and Martha Kent, who are Christians if I'm not a dumbass.

    And I'm not.

    Hell, what kind of marriage did he have? Yeah, I thought so.
     
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    Still, I don't think he's apart of any single religion. He strikes me as more of an agnostic. And philisophically, he's very much a humanist.
     
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    Superman: Birthright... referenced in Teen Titans.
     
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    About that going to confession thing...

    Did he go crazy an take on the government after that? Because that's the only way it could more overtly rip off Supreme Power.
     
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    Also, J'Onn J'Onzz still practices the polytheistic Martian religion.
     
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    Really? That's really weird.
     
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    BrianWilly Disciple of Whedon

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    Connor Hawke is Zen Buddhist. I don't think his father Ollie is anything since he poked fun at Hal for having "found Christ," but that could have changed since he came back fully from heaven.

    Anita Fite, Empress from Young Justice, practices Vodou.

    Supergirl Linda Danvers was Christian.

    According to Google, Raoism was the primary religion on Krypton and it hasn't been seriously practiced for quite a long time, so I doubt that Supergirl Kara Zor-El has any particular religion.

    Manitou Raven and Dawn practice the ancient Apache religion.

    Not sure what Raven believes, though she probably believes in something, likely whatever they believed in Azarath.
     
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    yeah, it's not like Supreme Power is ripping off anything :rolleyes:
     
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    I think he subscribes to the buddhist philosohies, but I don't think he's a full on practitioner of any religion.
     
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    Yep, if you want to see a more recent issue where he does this. Check out Superman #220

    Comments from the issue:
    Superboy: "Ummm..What are you doing?"
    Superman: "Looking at your soul. It's an..aura that most sentient lifeforms share. And yours is growing strong. Regardless of who supplied the genetic material, Conner...you have a bond with the human race"
    Superboy: "And your worred that maybe, being alien, you don't. FYI, Clark, Kal, WHATEVER..for better or worse, you're probally the most "human" guy I know"
     
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    Hmmm. Cool. Since he's supposed to be able to see most forms of electromagnetic energy, I guess that makes sense.
     
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    Yeah, his soul-vision, though I totally oppose it, works I guess. But it's not really a soul, just a aura or life-force that a conscious being emits.

    I definitely think he's agnostic, any person in the DCU would be a fool to think there wasn't magic/divine beings since shazam, spectre all exists.
     
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    Batman is not an athiest/agnostic person despite what people may beleive. After encounters with Zauriel and the Spectre, it's definite proof that God exists in the DCU. Wonder Girl is the daughter of Zeus himself, Donna Troy was a part of New Chronos, proving that the Greek gods exist, don't forget that Poseidon and Athena are active supporters of Aquaman and Wonder Woman. Hawkman's, Hawkgirl's, Hawkwoman's, and the Golden Eagle's souls are affiliated with the Egyptian gods, more people Batman has encountered.

    Batman knows that gods exist, he's had encounters with numerous people/entities affiliated with them. He just chooses not to worship them
     
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    .....isn't that the same thing? :confused:
     
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    I don't know...Buddhism has some pretty specific things to say about ****ing around:p. I think Ollie is generally too much of a hothead to ever really be much of a Buddhist anything. Looking at the end of "Quiver," I don't think he even knows that much about it.
     
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    I think he was talking about Connor.
     
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    He lived in a monestary. I think he knows about it. And I said I think he subscribes to the philosophies. Not the practices.
     
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    Being raised in the counrty where religon is very prevalent one would only asume that Superman is a devout Christian, but being that DC is one of many greedy corporations they don't say so that more people can relate to them.Which broadens there fan base and enhances there bank account.


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