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Thor and the Theology of Killing God(s)

In this episode, we’re joined by PopCultureRabbi to delve into the theological themes presented in Thor: Love & Thunder. We’ll examine the character Gorr, whose grief and anger toward the gods for his suffering make him a complex and compelling antagonist. Is it possible to consider a deity as benevolent when pain and loss are part of their creation? This question brings us to the concept of theodicy, the vindication of divine goodness in the face of the existence of evil.

Thor: Love & Thunder offers a unique perspective on theodicy, challenging viewers to contemplate the nature and role of gods within the narrative. Our conversation doesn’t require a background in religion or theology to appreciate the depth of these questions, as we explore them within the accessible context of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Pop Culture Rabbi brings a wealth of knowledge from his explorations of Marvel, Star Wars, and broader pop culture through a theological lens. His insights on TikTok have garnered a following keen on discussing these deeper questions, and he extends his thoughts through contributions to NERD INITIATIVE.

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Riki Hayashi and Matthew Fox explore the ethical questions from the stories geeks love—superheroes, sci-fi, anime, fantasy, video games, and so much more.
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