However, no textual support exists in any of the published comics, novels, films or TV series episodes to support the notion that the Above: Influential Superman writer/artist John Byrne rather overtly invoked the character's strongly Protestant Christian background in this scene.
Jonathan Kent, the father of Superboy, tells his son that he prayed for him during a recent crisis.
[he] was afraid" that he might lose his faith in people.
So he decided to distance himself from such close-contact, frequent congregational worship and put his faith in "the best that humanity has to offer" (, the adult Clark Kent continued to visit and consult with the minister at his family church, even after he had begun his career as Superman.
The character was created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster [often mis-spelled "Joe Schuster"], both of whom were Jewish.
The character of Superman, however, has always been depicted as having been raised with a solidly Protestant upbringing by his adoptive Midwestern parents - Jonathan and Martha Kent.
As is often the case with a character or franchise of extraordinary longevity, Superman has been reconceived multiple times ("retconned" in comic book parlance).
#850 (August 2007), for example, identifies Methodism by name as the denomination that Clark Kent and his mother attended.
Jonathan also raised his adopted son with staunch Protestant values, but Jonathan has never been much of a churchgoer.
Of Clark's parents, Martha is the more devout churchgoer. While growing up in Smallville, Kansas, Clark Kent attended Sunday church services at the local Methodist church with his mother, Martha Kent, every week until he was fourteen years old.
These aspects of the character are not speculative, but are canonical - established by in-continuity published DC Comics.