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'The Boys' and How a Little Questioning Can go A Long Way

Brett Nichols

Posted on January 24, 2020 16:13

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A take on doubt in Christianity and how a show about corrupt superheroes can ask one of the best questions to dogmatic believers from any type of viewpoint about the certainty of their faith.

“The Boys” is an Amazon Original show that is based on a comic series of the same name that parodies the pristine superhero archetype, flipping the genre of golden age paragons of justice into corrupt and lawless beings that have the public under their control.


A 2019 MRCNewsbusters article describes how this show delves into heavy controversial themes, notably that it is offensive to the Christian belief, questioning the Bible and God.

The article states this is particularly evident during episode 5 where the characters find themselves at a Christian conference event called the "believe expo" where people line up and pay $170 expecting to get their money's worth in a type of religious experience (Something I personally look at with skepticism being a Christian myself). 

Where the article paints the show as being overall immoral and biased against 'Christian' values, it can be argued there are silver linings within the episode. One of the protagonists presents an undeniably truthful message that can be applied to the thinking of people today for people to stand up against their abusers or those that blindly believe everything that their idols say.

With a riveting message of questioning social norms and speaking out against oppressors, the protagonist who was a Christian her whole life begins to question her faith and challenges many of her formerly uncontested beliefs. The character states "I believe in God, I love God so much but honestly...it's just how...certain everyone is around here."

While the character makes less critical statements regarding God and the Bible that can be aided with some understanding of the context of scripture, and while some do admittedly contradict scriptural themes (sanctity of sex within marriage), the core of the message, being unsure in one's faith, is one that should not be ignored by those that feel that doubt is sacrilegious. 

Although it is hard for many that believe the authenticity of their faith (or lack thereof) represents how committed they truly are to their view, having some doubt is a natural response in a rational mind, and In essence, doubt should be used as an element to propel us into the truth, not ignored. On a personal level, doubt in my own estimate of Christianity has allowed me to think through the hard questions, and in doing so, has actually strengthened my faith–though don't believe for one moment that that growth has eliminated all doubt. 

It is nearly assured that most, if not all, of us will find some doubt in their beliefs, even if one doesn't believe in anything at all. The key is to let it propel us to grow as people and into a greater sense of truth.

For Christians in particular, I would recommend the book "Benefit of the Doubt" by Gregg Boyd, which addresses doubt and its benefits to a Christian faith and how the striving for certainty in itself can be seen as a form of idolatry.

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Brett Nichols

Posted on January 24, 2020 16:13

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