Yesterday I saw Batman: The Dark Knight, and it lived up to all the hype. It is really good. Heath Ledger’s performance is haunting and truly scary. NPR had a segment on the cultural phenomenon of the Joker that commented on the difficult nature of the role and the trials Ledger faced when portraying the nasty villain. When Jack Nicholson, who played the Joker in Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman, heard of Ledger’s death he remarked, “I warned him.”
The movie has inspired two philosophic posts that make for some interesting reading. My blogging buddy Myles Werntz explores the Joker’s similarities with No Country for Old Men’s Anton Chigur, and how their moral anarchy presents an inscrutable difficulty for the heroes: they operate within a framework where good and evil simply do not exist. This same insight is picked up by Greg Boyd who sees the Joker as a “Nietzscheian ubermensch (superman) who lives in a mindless, immoral, chaotic world.” His primary goal: “to expose the joke of our pseudo-orderly world.”
Speaking of Boyd, he has a new website that has lots of interesting stuff on it. You can read his Q & A section for all kinds of answers that gives to contemporary questions. A lot of them are quite unconventional, and I don’t always agree, but they are good food for thought.
A professor from my school wrote a good book called The Race Set Before Us which I interacted with at length in my Why I Am Not A Calvinist post. Turns out he has a blog and made some nice comments about my post. In the comment section we have a friendly exchange where we both agree that resting on the promises of Christ is far more important than what system (Calvinism or Arminianism) you adhere to.