In the consequential aftermath of Thanos destructive snap and ultimate defeat, Spiderman: Far From Home grapples with themes like grief, self-worth, following in the footsteps of heroic predecessors, the passing of the mantle, exercising discernment of character. As always, the Kingsmen analyze these themes through Christian biblical and theological perspectives.
Among all the analogies that Christians use to describe God, none has been more central than the concept of God as Parent. In the second season opener, the Kingsmen reflect on both the paternal and maternal qualities of God. As usual, the Kingsmen suggest several movie references that showcase this concept of God as Parent.
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Timestamp of Contents
00:02:44 God as Father
00:04:22 The Limitation of Analogies when Describing God
00:11:01 Commentary on the Prodigal Son Story
00:15:46 Yondu from Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2
00:21:39 Understanding Yahweh
00:22:38 God as Mother
00:23:57 Understanding El Shaddai
00:27:13 Motherly References of God in Scripture
00:29:58 Breaking In, Peppermint, and Maternal Ferocity
00:32:15 Aunt May and God’s Unavoidable Care and Compassion
00:36:29 Knowing God as Parent is a Calling
00:39:12 Motherhood and Justice
00:44:42 Knowing God as Parent is a Guide
00:48:38 Mufasa: A Close Analogy
00:53:02 T’Chaka: Dealing with the Flaws of an Admired Parent
The Kingsmen conclude their two-part discussion on Avengers : Endgame in their first season finale. Taking the approach of looking at one meta-theme of the entire film, the topic focuses on the idea of Resurrection arguing that Antman returning back from Thanos’ snap is—in a way—a kind of resurrection. And since the capstone of the Christian faith is the historical moment when Jesus rose from death to life, we explore in what ways Endgame conveys the results of resurrection and its significance.
Timestamps of Contents
[00:05:04] Antman : Pioneer of Resurrection
[00:07:37] 3 Eyewitness Accounts of Antman’s Resurrection
[00:13:48] The Results When Resurrection ACTUALLY Happens
[00:15:27] Resurrection Results in Having A Different Perspective
[00:21:38] Resurrection Inspires Hope
[00:28:31] Resurrection allows space for forgiveness and redemption
[00:37:58] The Radical Path of Forgiving Our Enemies
[00:41:32] The Impact of Resurrection
[00:41:49] Resurrection Perfects Justice
[00:52:48] Resurrection shows Justice is Also Restorative
[00:56:55] Social Justice In Context of Christ
[01:01:39] Let Your Kingdom Come
[01:04:15] Where the Spirit of the Lord is, There is Freedom to…Let Go
With talking points that range from Christlike sacrifice to the astronomical significance of one rat dance, we reflect on ways that the film illuminates Christian truths.
In many ways, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is the current culture and society’s mythology. And similar to how Inkling authors like C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien approached mythologies, the Kingsmen approach this the Marvel mythology with the question, “What in this story is true?”
00:00:00 – Introduction 00:03:03 – Heroes Sacrifice like Christ 00:07:43 – Avengers Themes: “We don’t trade lives” vs. “Whatever it takes” 00:12:22 – Selflessness as Taking Responsibility 00:15:35 – Fat Thor is a Nobler Hero 00:17:41 – Thor Giving up the Messiah Complex 00:20:52 – Avengers Teamwork Reflects God Invitation to Rescue 00:22:01 – Thor Giving Up the Throne 00:24:04 – One-Punch Man and Teamwork 00:26:11 – Every Field of the Battle is Important 00:29:15 – Partnering with God in Creation and Restoration 00:33:07 – Destinations and Trajectories for Iron-Man and Captain America 00:44:57 – Stark as Pre-Resurrection Era and Rogers as Post-Resurrection Era 00:52:29 – Forgiveness as Flexibility to Not Avenge 00:56:07 – Gamora and Nebula’s Sibling Rivalry/Love 01:04:27 – The Call from God for the Participation of Women in His plan 01:06:07 – The Snap Back and Holding onto the Painful Memory 01:15:37 – God Who Expresses Emotions 01:20:04 – The Way Arguments Cloud Judgment (Stark vs Rogers) 01:26:25 – The Depth of the Resurrection Event 01:28:10 – The Prerequisite to Forgiving an Offender 01:32:53 – The Astronomical Coincidence of Perfect Rat-Dancing 01:35:00 – Conclusion