My final post on this topic, because I need a break after today. I’d like to clear something up here, rather than respond to several different similar comments I’ve received. I am not actually debating the merits of the theological possibility that, in rare and special circumstances, an entity could be formed from a fictional character. Or, that a spirit could attach itself to a fictional character’s persona, or be the inspiration for it in a direct way with the artist. Nor am I saying that I am the final arbiter of whether or not a spirit is real. What I am lamenting are those who don’t bother to try to discern the difference.
It’s one matter to disagree over whether or not a particular entity is a real, independent Power or just an imaginary character. It’s another to not even think that it’s an important question to ask, that’s it’s a relevant issue in one’s religious life at all.
For instance, to not see the difference between slaughtering a pig over the bones of your tribe’s legendary ancestor in holy awe and supplication for a good year ahead, and liking what Superman stands for.