A Christian Science Review of The Dark Knight (Part 3)

Here is the last part of my review of this awesome movie!

BEWARE: Conatins spoilers!

            Now, there’s one more thing that really stuck out to me about this movie, and that is: Harvey Dent.  He is an especially interesting character because he begins as Gotham’s “White Knight,” trusting in a bright tomorrow. However, after his beloved Rachel is killed and his own face is seriously burned, he is at his lowest point and is filled with doubt. The Joker wastes no time in attacking Dent where he is weakest. He comes to Dent’s hospital room, laughingly disguised in a female nurse’s uniform and torments him until, finally, Dent gives in and becomes evil himself. Every time this part of the movie appears, I want to shout at the screen, “Don’t do it Harvey! Don’t believe the Joker! Just trust in good a little bit longer!” If Dent could see the ridiculousness of the Joker’s appearance and recognize his mind games, he would likely have laughed—after all, the Joker is a clown! It’s when we get so deeply engrossed in our own personal problems that we fail to see the whole picture. Dent gets sucked into thinking life is all about chance. He chooses revenge and, as noted before, this quality of evil destroys itself. In the end, Harvey Dent is destroyed by (who else?) Batman. In my own experience, this reminds me to put unshakable trust in God, good, even if things look bad because I might not see everything going on—I might not see the way God is overcoming evil for me. However, as The Dark Knight illustrates, good will always triumph and in order for me to see (and understand) this victory I need to hold on to good, God. “Step by step will those who trust Him find that ‘God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble’” (Science and Health, 444:10, emphasis added).

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A Christian Science Review of The Dark Knight (Part 2)

BEWARE: Contains spoilers!

            Toward the end of the movie, two ferries leave a dock—one is filled with civilians, the other with convicts. The Joker’s voice is heard on both ferries through an intercom and announces that their vessels will explode at midnight. However, one group will live if they decide to push a button to blow up the other ferry first. Of course this stirs up a lot of panic as the people on each ferry decide what to do. In the end, all the passengers refuse to blow up the other boat. They choose the side of good. Mary Baker Eddy says, “One infinite God, good, unifies men and nations; constitutes the brotherhood of man; ends wars; fulfils the Scripture, ‘Love thy neighbor as thyself;’ annihilates pagan and Christian idolatry, –whatever is wrong in social, civil, criminal, political, and religious codes; equalizes the sexes; annuls the curse on man, and leaves nothing that can sin, suffer, be punished or destroyed” (Science and Health, 340:23). Wow! Look what happens when we choose good over evil! The unity between the convicts and civilians, of men and women,—of all groups present, is very apparent as even the most fearful individuals choose good.   Continue reading “A Christian Science Review of The Dark Knight (Part 2)”

A Christian Science Review of The Dark Knight (Part 1)

BEWARE: Contains spoilers!

            One night as I sat cozily smashed between two friends, watching one of my favorite modern movies, The Dark Knight, I realized that this movie serves as a great metaphor for Christian Scientists! To me, it illustrates the way good, God, always triumphs over evil.

            As a Christian Scientist, I overcome evil by understanding its powerlessness in the presence of good, God. God is, of course, always present. However, sometimes evil can seem very powerful and overwhelming. From the very beginning of The Dark Knight, the Joker seems to have complete control over those around him. The first plan that he executes is a bank robbery, which is accomplished by a team of miscreants who are killed off, one by one, until the Joker escapes alone with all the money. This bit alone reminds me of the importance to act with right motives and high morals because when we choose greed, hate, willfulness, etc. we can only expect to be killed off. When we acknowledge the presence of the good that comes from God by acting with generosity, love, humility, etc. we will witness God’s goodness everywhere and see the destruction of evil. The discoverer of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy, wrote in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures that, “The only power of evil is to destroy itself” (186:18). It is, in fact, evil being killed off, not man, who is God’s creation (and whom He declares as “very good” in Genesis 1:31). Continue reading “A Christian Science Review of The Dark Knight (Part 1)”