Blade Runner 2049 - A Christian Analogy

October 28, 2017

This is an amazing review by James Fox Higgins of The Rational Rise. A lot that is mentioned in this review is precisely the thoughts I was developing when viewing the film. Furthermore, I had a fascinating discussion with a Christian friend on other theological ramifications (with a little bit of a Michael Heiser influence from a Divine Council context). The following is the discussion on the film, starting with my friend's comments first:

 

Friend:

Just saw the movie ... so fantastic. I think the only difference I have with the interpretation above is that I think that, by the end, K wasn't redeemed by learning to act freely and thereby become human. He found something else. For K, the selfless lives of Decker and those of his daughter Ana slowly became the only lives worth preserving, synthetic or otherwise. Maybe he seemed most human by the end. But it wasn't because he became the captain of his own destiny. For K, it was discovering what real love looked like, by seeing it in the sacrificial lives of Decker and Ana, and wanting to do what it he could to allow those lives to flourish. He died a good death, not because he found his humanity or found himself someone who would remember him, but because he found what is most good and true and beautiful in the humanity of others. And this discovery redeems him, certainly more-so than Rutger Hauer's character, but with similarities worth considering. But we would all be reading into the film what we want to see, to some extent. It is as deep as it is nebulous. I'll be thinking about the film for a long time to come.

 

Robert:

Love your analysis too! I would say it's a bit of both our perspectives. I still like to think that K is as much human as normal humans are (literally there is no difference between K and Deckard down to the atomic scale). The question ultimately is in regards to the "soul". Did K have one? Apparently he didn't. But how does Deckard receive one (via natural birth) and K not receive one (via the same "birth" process, this time artificially engineered)? Thus the actions of K (and thus the famous Tears in Rain tune at the end as he dies) showcase that the spark of the Imago Dei has entered in and was always there in K!

 

Friend:

Yes, it's probably somewhere in between. Reading over what I said and thinking about your OP, I'm realizing this. It's hard to evaluate imaginary worlds, and suggest where God's view would be in all this. I'm normally allergic to synthetic humans having the Imago Dei ... maybe it would be in this fictional scenario. Although there is something genetically different between K and older models, and between K and humans, because they're designed to not disobey orders. Unless that's all psychological programming. But then how would that newborn synthetic stand there and get cut, unless she was genetically different in respect to being obedient? There was no time for anything other than genetic programming for her to be that submissive. What I also notice between the two films is that the synthetics always discover a higher purpose by way of preserving human life, rather than destroying it. They learn to stop competing, and ultimately to die, so that humans can live. To me, that speaks more to an 'angels long to ponder' sort of situation. Kind of like a Heiser / Divine Council analogy, where there are many kinds of sons of God, but only one kind in which God is imaging Himself especially.

 

Robert:

When you said: "Kind of like a Heiser / Divine Council analogy, where there are many kinds of sons of God, but only one kind in which God is imaging Himself especially." Bingo!

 

Friend:

I've got a crazy Blade Runner theory. Deckerd's daughter has 'Galatians Syndrome' because she represents the miraculous broadening of boundaries of the People of God. She is a Lydia figure - the first of the spirit-filled gentile people of the New Covenant, and her existence proves that old boundaries have been done away with.

 

Robert:

Mind Blown! The "wall of hostility" broken down!

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