Friday, September 07, 2012

Batman: The Agony of Loss and the Madness of Desire Part 6, "Crossing Thresholds" has begun


http://www.mbird.com/2012/09/batman-the-agony-of-loss-and-the-madness-of-desire-pt-6a-apostasy-and-salvation-in-gotham-city/

As ever, remorselessly nerdy, today's installment celebrates the 20th anniversary of the classic cartoon and opens up with select quotes from Soviet dissident author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and German biblical scholar Adolf Schlatter (one of the instructors of Dietrich Bonhoeffer).  Today's topic?  Two-Face, one of my favorite Batman villains and it would be impossible to imagine a short series dedicated to tales of apostasy and salvation in Gotham without starting with Harvey Dent's sad descent into madness and criminality.

Future installments plan on dealing, if somewhat obliquely, with synergistic and monergistic soteriology.  This is, after all, a giant series of essays written for Mockingbird, right? :)  It's never too late to introduce those sorts of themes into essays about Batman, and there's a spoiler in there for who I'll be discussing in the next installment.

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