It’s high time you see “Superman Returns” if you haven’t already, especially if your pastor is telling you so. Don’t be super surprised if at church one Sunday in the near future, the sermon revolves around a Superman theme–I already heard one last week that explored how the superhero movie of the moment helps us to understand the idea of becoming born again through Jesus, starting over a new life in Christ.

To get ready for next week’s Sunday reflections, writer David Buckna has developed a quiz, “Superman As Super Savior,” designed especially to “Test your knowledge of some of the incredible parallels between Superman and Jesus,” and includes questions such as:

“In ‘Superman: The Movie’ (1978), Jor-El (Marlon Brando) tells his infant son: ‘All that I have, all that I’ve learned, everything I feel, all this and more I bequeath you, my son. You’ll carry me inside you all the days of your life. You’ll make my strength your own. See my life through your eyes, as your life will be seen through mine. The son becomes the father and the father, the son.’ In what gospel does Jesus say: ‘I and my Father are one’–Mark, Luke or John?”


“Superman has heat vision. What New Testament book mentions that the eyes of the returning Christ ‘are like blazing fire’–Acts, Hebrews, or Revelation?”

Give it a go. But be prepared–it’s not an easy quiz. Luckily, Buckna provides thorough answers to all 30 questions.

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