6 Times Fandoms Respected Christianity

"The Last Airbender" | Art by Blue-Ten. Used with permission.

While Christianity does not figure prominently in many fandoms, here are six occasions when faith is alluded to with surprising accuracy.

  1. “There’s only one God, ma’am, and I’m pretty sure He doesn’t dress like that.” – Captain America, The Avengers

When Natasha Romanoff describes Thor and Loki as “basically gods,” Cap responds with this famous statement. Odin himself echoes the sentiment in Thor: The Dark World when he tells Loki, “We are not gods. We live, we die, just as humans do.” Both Cap and Odin realize that power doesn’t equal divinity. The Avengers may be able to save lives, but only God can save souls.

  1. “Mankind has no need for gods. We find the One quite adequate.” – Captain Kirk, Star Trek (S2E2, “Who Mourns for Adonais?”)

The crew of the Enterprise is faced with a dilemma similar to Cap’s when they meet a superior being called Apollo, who interacted with the human race thousands of years ago and was considered a god. Apollo demands that the humans of the Enterprise worship him, but Captain Kirk and the others refuse.

  1. “It’s easy to do nothing, but it’s hard to forgive.” – Aang, Avatar: The Last Airbender (S3E16, “The Southern Raiders”)

In this episode, Katara wants to take revenge on the man who killed her mother, but Aang urges her to forgive him instead. While Aang doesn’t mention God directly, his words are reminiscent of Jesus’s command to “love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” (Matthew 5:44, ESV).

  1. “‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.” – Mr. Beaver, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

Generations of readers have found truths about God hidden in Aslan, C.S. Lewis’s metaphor for Jesus Christ. Mr. Beaver’s explanation of the Great Lion describes how God may not always do what we want (be “safe”), but can nevertheless always be trusted (because He is “good”).

  1. “D’you know, in 900 years of time and space I’ve never met anyone who wasn’t important before.” – The Eleventh Doctor, Doctor Who (2010 Christmas special, “A Christmas Carol”)

The Doctor has gained a lot of wisdom during his centuries of life, and his words are a reminder that every person has significance—because God created and loves every single one.

  1. “Harry stooped down and saw… the words KENDRA DUMBLEDORE and… a quotation: Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”

            “Harry did not need to kneel or even approach very close to [the headstone] to make out   the words engraved upon it… The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.” – Harry Potters and the Deathly Hallows

In the last Harry Potter book, Harry finds the gravesites of his parents and Kendra Dumbledore (Albus’s mother). Each gravestone bears an inscription, and while the origin of these inscriptions is not specified in the book, they are actually taken from the Bible. “Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also” is from Matthew 6:21, and “the last enemy that shall be destroyed is death” is found in 1 Corinthians 15:26. Apparently, J.K. Rowling thought these Christian teachings formed an important part of her stories’ themes.

Caitlin Eha

Caitlin Eha

Contributing Writer at Area of Effect magazine
A published writer and aspiring novelist, Caitlin can usually be found with her head in the clouds and her heart in a faraway land. When she isn’t devouring a new favourite book or feverishly writing one of her own, she enjoys archery, cosplaying, jewelry making, and time with her Lord.
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