In the wake of The Dark Knight, I thought I’d share a few posts I thought worthwhile. The posts do contain some spoilers, but if you still haven’t seen the movie, um, that’s your loss.
John Wilkins from Evolving Thought writes in The Dark Knight about dualities, order and chaos and Zoroastrian metaphysics (with a cute mention of the first chapter of Genesis). He points out the movie serves as a good illustration of two classical moral quandaries: Wilkins discusses The Prisoner’s Dilemma mentioning some differences between humans and other apes, and points to The Religion Blog of the Dallas Morning News for a discussion of the trolley problem.
On Submitted to a Candid World, The Dark Knight, the War on Terror, and Science Fiction’s Moral Authority connects the movie with America’s “War on Terror”, discussing issues such as torture and surveillance. Ames also points out what terror aims to accomplish, and that responding to terror in a way that compromises on your ideals is to lose the fight. He further discusses Star Trek and Battlestar Galactica and their investigations of moral questions that are more easily thought about through fiction than in reality.
Lastly, Peter Rollins discusses Batman as the ultimate capitalist superhero (without reference to The Dark Knight), pondering our economic and socio-political structures and whether we simply do things (including prayer meetings, worship service or bible study) to make us feel good about ourselves, rather than actually addressing the real challenges, the real roots of the problem… Should be thought provoking, if it you permit it.