Of Gods and Devils in Hell’s Kitchen: How Daredevil Solves the Problem of Evil

Daredevil problem of evil image of God

The second season of Netflix’s Daredevil starts today. After watching the first season, I knew I had to write about it.

This one take scene from the show’s second episode has been called the greatest fight scene ever on television. It captures the tone of the show: gritty and violent, but with a purpose. An exhausted hero is throwing everything he has to conquer overwhelming odds to save one little boy from human trafficking.

The show—while exceedingly violent—raises interesting questions about God and Satan, good and evil, and what role we play in that story.

Normally, I would write about that here on my blog. However, after writing a piece on The Avengers (Surprised by Hope: Why Christians are Flocking to See ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron,’ an Atheist’s Film) for The Washington Post‘s Acts of Faith section, I had the opportunity to publish my Daredevil piece there.

It’s an attempt to discuss the themes of the show and delve into the problem of evil and the image of God. In the end, you can’t ask, “Where is God during all this suffering?” without first looking in the mirror. He has placed you, as His image bearer, in the midst of the suffering—like He did His Son—to work toward healing and the elimination of suffering.

Here’s the first part of it, but go read the entire piece at The Washington Post.

Daredevil is a Violent Catholic Superhero Sent to Raise Questions of Good and Evil

Matt Murdock is thinking about committing murder, but he wants to talk to his priest first.

In Marvel’s hit Netflix series “Daredevil,” which premieres its second season March 18, Murdock describes an internal spiritual war between his better angels and the Devil “clawing to be let out.” Father Lantom explains how Murdock’s alter ego Daredevil could be a force for good – even though the vigilante may at times appear otherwise.

“Nothing drives people to the church faster than the thought of the Devil snapping at their heels. Maybe that was God’s plan all along,” Lantom muses. “Why he created him, allowed him to fall from grace to become a symbol to be feared, warning us all to tread the path of the righteous.”

Netflix’s “Daredevil” confronts the problem of evil in the world and challenges viewers to consider how they can be part of the solution. And it does it through the life of a blind Catholic superhero.

Murdock, the lawyer-turned-crusader known as Daredevil, has always been a religious character, but his Catholicism has varied over the years. First published by Marvel in 1964, “Daredevil No. 1” describes how Murdock was blinded as a boy while saving an older man from being hit by a car. Radioactive chemicals splashed on his eyes and took his sight, but heightened all of his other senses. Donning a red, horned costume, Daredevil patrols the streets, fighting villains who seek to victimize the citizens of Hell’s Kitchen in New York City.

The Netflix version of Daredevil continues to delve into the hero’s faith and how it conflicts at times with his violent, vigilante acts. It’s those questions of God and the Devil, good and evil, and our place in between that the show raised so well in its first season. And if the preview poster for the second season is any indication, those questions will be back.

A red neon cross illuminates the bleak city landscape, as Daredevil, Punisher and Elektra loom in the forefront signaling a battle for the heart of Hell’s Kitchen. Whose path will the citizens follow? Daredevil hopes to use the image of the devil to eventually lead the city down the path of righteousness.

Read the rest at Acts of Faith.

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