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Dark Knight: "Best of the Decade?"

December 31st, 2008 | 5 min read

By Keith E. Buhler

It's out on video.

So it's time to re-visit the box-office smash hit and semi-intellectual 2nd installment of the Batman trilogy.

Craig Detweiller (of Reel Spirituality Institute for the Brehm Center at Fuller Theological Seminary) offers an insightful analysis of the relationship between the film and the past decade of war on terror.


Is it necessary for a hero's goodness that he be in line with the governing authorities?

Although in most movies and novels, the answer to this question is obviously No. But think of a favorite person or an important mentor or an admired gaurdian: Are they cowboys or are are they so successful, in part, because they know how to fit into the established community of authority without compromising their values -- indeed, because the values of the established authorities are also admirable and good? Why is it that our most fascinating and important American heroes, unlike Arthur, unlike unlike Hector, unlike Socrates, are almost invariably "against the system," "Lone rangers," loose cannons?

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