Every society has its own mythology and though we today do not believe wholeheartedly in the mythic like in eras past, it doesn’t make that mythology any less important, or prevalent in our society. In today’s culture, our mythologies are found in our popular culture, and as is the case with previous societies, it is based on what came before.
What we watch and read are based on either real history, or past tall tales. Certainly there are new heroes, villains, supporting cast, and stories created today, but even the brand new can’t avoid the influence of the past. The more influential that past figure in culture, the more influence that figure has over the mythology of the present day.
Whether you are a believer or not, there can be no denying that the most influential figure of the past 2000 years is Jesus of Nazareth. Without any further ado, here are five very obvious, and even more obviously flawed, Christ analogies in popular culture. (A word of warning: if you take this too seriously, and are a believer, odds are you will find something beyond this point offensive. My advice is to either lighten up, or just go ahead and skip this one.)