Easter and Zombies

Zombies have been making the rounds lately. Not real ones, of course, because there are no real ones. It is to their great disadvantage that they do not exist, considering how popular they are. But then, they would have no great advantages in existing, either. While they may experience a certain brute satisfaction, their intellectual life and their spiritual life, I would think, are horribly wanting. But it’s hard to say and hard to argue about because of the appalling lack of hard evidence.

But what is the fascination with zombies? It is, surprisingly, not a question for Halloween, but a question for Easter. The answer is that we are drawn to the dead because we believe in eternal life. However, in a fallen and corrupt world, even our idea of resurrection is fallen and corrupt. We don’t have life after death; we have the undead. Even if it is just a fantasy and a low-level form of entertainment, it is still a reflection of taking a good idea and befouling it. Art imitating death. At the other end of human episode, we have allowed the same sort of sick twist: instead of the glory of new life emerging from the womb, we have the cold and clinical destruction of life. Instead of babies, we have the unborn. But that is not a fantasy. That is a tragic reality.

These two sad extremes are, of course, precisely the opposite of the Christian perspective, a despair in the place of hope, and a savage sorrow in the place of joy. The contrast is even more evident in this season of Easter. I will tell you why because a friend of mine, Dr. Stuart Kolner, who, like me, found his way to the Catholic Church thanks in great part to the influence of G.K. Chesterton, just sent me the most marvelous email:

As Passiontide becomes Easter, I have found myself dwelling on the notion of a “quickening,” which has repeatedly suggested itself to me while meditating on the Triduum. In human experience, the two most implausible circumstances for a quickening are surely a sealed womb and a sealed tomb. And yet it has pleased the God of Surprises to cause a stirring of life in both. Possibly not an original thought with me, but I believe that GKC would have enjoyed the linguistic parallels as well as the divine audacity Our Father so often uses to remind us of our mysterious origins.

As I say, marvelous.

The sealed womb and the sealed tomb. The two most unlikely places to find life. It is fitting that there should be this “linguistic parallel” (a rhyme in this case) between the Virgin Birth and the Resurrection because they are the matching end-pieces in the life of Christ. The sealed womb is the Virgin Mary. A place undefiled and untouched. The sealed tomb is where the body of Christ lay after his cruel death. It was literally sealed. Pontius Pilate put his mark on the stone over the tomb and posted guards by it. Another place that could not be entered, could not be touched. And yet there was a quickening within both places.

The Incarnation is the greatest of all paradoxes, the God who becomes flesh. It is why we celebrate both Christmas and Easter. The Incarnation makes us gather around both the manger and the empty tomb with great rejoicing. When we are rejoicing, when we are celebrating—as well we should be—theology is not the first thing that comes to mind. But theology—that is, the logic of God—explains why we are so happy. It is necessary that God should come as a baby in order that he might die as a man. It is necessary that he should die as a man in order that he might rise from the dead. There can be no greater hope than eternal life.

We of course believe that God became flesh at the moment he was miraculously conceived within the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mother, an event we always commemorate in the midst of Lent with the Solemnity of the Incarnation. But as Dr. Kolner points out, the first quickening within the womb, when the body of the baby Christ started to move, certainly has a parallel when the body of the dead Christ moved within the tomb. And the latter was not a zombie. It was the Risen Lord.

Divine audacity. That is the most Chestertonian phrase in Dr. Kolner’s perfectly worded email, the combining of two words that do not normally go together. We do not expect God to be audacious. But it is enormously enjoyable when we realize that he is. We know that it is one of life’s pleasing thrills to be audacious, to be daring, to take a risk, to boldly break the conventions. And only Catholic theology allows the Author of Life the ability to enjoy not just life, but the thrill of life, to be audacious.

One more thing: Chesterton sees the ongoing theme of Resurrection in the Christian story when he points out that there have been times in history when the Church has seemed to be dead, destroyed by some physical event or foolish philosophy or huge heresy or giant scandal or complete corruption. And each time it has somehow come back to life because it has a God who knows his way out of the grave. As Dr. Kolner suggests, we can easily imagine Chesterton completing the thought by saying that it is just as astounding that we have a God who knows his way out of the womb as one who knows his way out of the tomb.

Editor’s note: The image above is titled “The Resurrection of Christ” painted by Pietro Perugino in 1496-99.

Dale Ahlquist

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Dale Ahlquist is the president and co-founder of the American Chesterton Society. He is the creator and host of the Eternal Word Television Network series, "G.K. Chesterton: The Apostle of Common Sense." Dale is the author of G.K. Chesterton: Apostle of Common Sense and the recently published The Complete Thinker. He is also the publisher of Gilbert Magazine, and associate editor of the Collected Works of G.K. Chesterton (Ignatius). He lives near Minneapolis with his wife and six children.

  • Scott W.

    Good point. Our Creator designed us with a sense of eternal life, and when the truth of the resurrection is abolished from the secular landscape, we see ersatz substitutes in form of vampire and zombie stories. Also, I would point out that most zombie stories are end-of-the-world scenarios. I would say this is our natural sense of the Four Last Things trying to reassert themselves.

    • R

      That doesn’t explain werewolves.

  • 4kidsandacat

    I laughed out loud when I saw this article come up! I had just mentioned a thought to my husband, which had occurred to me a couple days after Easter Sunday:”You know, honey, zombies are evil, and we seem to be obsessed with them as a culture…you know how Satan likes to corrupt and twist everything that is good and made by God? Well, I think zombies are a corruption of the Resurrection!” My thought was much more simplistic of course, but this article seemed to have read my mind! Thanks for this article. I am forwarding this to him now.

  • Asmondius

    Interesting that ‘zombie’ is a common derisive reference to the Resurrected Lord on atheist blogs. Thus they reveal their own subconscious hope that He Is Risen.

    • One does wonder. If atheists were in fact atheists, they most certainly would not invest the kind of fascination they do for religion.

  • ColdStanding

    Zombies draw upon or are rooted in an apocalyptic genre. Final judgement-like where the bodies are re-united to the soul. The souls of the unrepentant sinners will show forth their depravity in the corrupted bodies they are re-united with. Notice how few escape the fate of becoming zombies. Even seemingly good people succumb. So very few are saved.

    Good Catholics, most of the supports which were in place to help you lead a holy life and die a happy death are gone. Who do you know that has abandoned the world to lead a life of penance like St. Mary of Egypt? Or even St. Zosimos and the other desert fathers? How much does your life bear resemblance to the lives of the saints? Ha! The saints! How about a devote family man of 100 years ago. Few people realize how much is required by way of penance to really make a dint in our time in purgatory, should we gain so great a grace. Go read the manuals by competent authors on the spiritual life writing before the council in question and spend some time meditating upon what is being asked of you to cooperate with God’s grace. The commitment is total.

    It is very easy to allow the dissipation of modern existence to entice the soul to early satisfaction with our, what really amount to, meager efforts. The devil doesn’t have to do all that much when we are selves are do so little.

    Watch lest you fall and end up a zombie yourself! I seem to recall most lost their lives in the shopping mall in one of the films.

    • SJL

      Thank you for the wonderful artilce. I would add one point. Jesus, the second Person of the Most Blessed Trinity, was incarnate in the sealed womb, was born into this world in order to die, so that dying He could rise from the dead in order to give us His true resurrected flesh and blood to be our heavenly food in order that we could be saved through the Holy Eucharist.. No zombie, here, no the only One who has beaten death and is now truly alive. It is through the Eucharist and our faith that it is truly the Risen Lord that we have the hope of sharing in the Victory that is the Lord’s. We too will not become the walking dead but fully alive in Christ Jesus. The Holy Eucharist is simply the Risen Lord!!! Only love can explain this!!!

    • hombre111

      “So very few are saved,” you say? Hey, wait a minute. That is like saying “Satan 50, Jesus 2, hooray, Jesus won!” I think we give ourselves and our humdrum evil too much power over the love and mercy of God. What a thing to say when we are about to celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday. If God’s grace is the truly revolutionary element in the human story. I can just imagine Satan salivating over some soul about to fall into his lap, when God reaches down and plucks him away because of the unimaginable value of the death of Jesus who made himself one with all sinners. Satan sinks further into his cesspool, shrieking and cursing.

      • ColdStanding

        Oh, Padre, ’tis not I; ’tis not upon my authority; ’tis not me that says it. I am but the messenger boy. No, this comes from the great saints of the Holy, Roman Catholic and Apostolic Church! A fact you should well know.

        It won’t be because of anything God did or omitted to do that will be the cause of so much wailing and gnashing of teeth in the outer darkness.

        But doesn’t the fact of Divine Mercy Sunday make it all the more tragic that so few avail themselves of God’s abundantly generous peace terms? For example, will you, in your sermon tonight and tomorrow morning be carefully instructing your flock in the conditions the Church sets for gaining the plenary indulgence made available to those that gather together to pray the Divine Mercy chaplet on Divine Mercy Sunday? For if you do not, then the graces God makes available to the repentant sinner will go to waste.

        I bring this up, because I do not believe that you will. Will you?

        • hombre111

          I knew a saint who put on one white and one black sock. In other words, great saints don’t always get it right. St. Augustine and those influence by him were pessimistic. St. Thomas was much more optimistic. I go with optimism. And it is also a Catholic teaching that, while hell is a possibility and God’s justice is real, we don’t know who is there. Catholics won’t even say that Judas is in hell.

          • ColdStanding

            So, no, you won’t be letting your flock know what it is that they must do to gain the plenary indulgence.

            Judas Iscariot, apostle of Jesus Christ, Whom he betrayed with a kiss after selling Our Lord to the Jews for 30 pieces of silver then refusing His forgiveness and who finally committed suicide in despair is in hell. There isn’t the slightest doubt about it.

            • Craig Roberts

              Right’O! To doubt HELL is to doubt the one true Gospel. I don’t doubt there is a hell…I just doubt that an all powerful loving Father would let any of his children wander off there.

              • ColdStanding

                ‘k, so, you do know that we are adopted sons of God, aka His children, through and in Our Lord and Saviour, our friend Who laid down His Life for us, Jesus Christ? Our bond with Him is a bond of love which we preserve by keeping His commandments. If you do not keep His commandments, there is no love, and, therefore, no bond, no brotherhood with Christ, no wedding garment.

                Into the outer darkness go those without the wedding garment.
                St. Bruno, founder of the austere Carthusian order was converted to a life of penance when he was in office praying for a member of the order he was in, a priest no less. had died. It is said that the corpse reanimated stood up and said to the gathered religious, “No need to pray for me for I am in hell.” After which the body again collapse lifeless into the casket. The examples of this type can be multiplied.

                There are many, even those that claimed the name Catholic, that are in hell. This proxima fide (hmm. better check that for sure), which is to say, one step away from being de fide. It carries great weight.

                There is a hell. You or I, heaven forbid!, could end up in it if we do not run the race to win the crown.

                • Craig Roberts

                  In your Christology, Christ did not come to actually ‘save’ anybody. He just came to set a very high bar for us to strive for. At the end of the zombie apocolypse some will indeed say, “YES, I ran the race!” To these he will say, “Good job! Enter into your master’s joy.”

                  Others will say, “Where’s Jesus? By his mercy I have been spared from the eternal zombie appocalypse and to him alone will I give all the honor and glory forever amen!” If anybody asks Jesus, what’s up with that slacker washing your feet with their tears? He will reply, “Two people owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he forgave the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?” (Luke 7:41-42)
                  Others will say, “Where’s the booze? This is the worst wedding banquet ever. I’m not going to wear one of those gay looking wedding garments.” And they will indeed be cast out. Outside of the city. Looking around they will see horrible tortures taking place. Crosses. And on the middle one, on the top of a hill, will be Jesus and they will think, “I wonder if Ronnie James Dio is around here?”

                  • ColdStanding

                    Perhaps you’ve been down too long in the midnight sea.

                    When Jesus Christ said, “My yoke is easy and my burden is light,” the question to be asked is in comparison to what is His yoke easy and His burden light? Well, the answer is burning for all eternity in the fires of hell. That friend, is what fits the bill as a heavy yoke and an unbearable burden.

                    Jesus Christ’s salvation is thought of in another way as His terms of peace. Mankind is at war with God. That is what a sinner is, a rebel or revolutionary against God’s order, one who makes war upon God’s divine law and order. Those that will take the terms of the King’s peace He will save. Those that will not… hell. Traitors go to prison and often loose their lives, in this case, their eternal life.

                    His terms are eminently favourable to rebellious fallen man. A more one-sided peace treaty has never been made. All the wrong is on our part, all the penalty due is upon us, but who paid the price to make amends for so great an outrage against His dignity? He did. That’s love. But the hearts in mankind are hard as stone.

                    This is why so many end up in hell. They don’t take the time to think about, I mean, really meditate on the gravity of the situation and respond accordingly. What can be done with ingratitude and disbelief?

                    The bar is not set too high. No! It could not be set any lower. However, it does have to be set somewhere. There does have to be some response. That is just. What is prayer, fasting and alms deeds as a price to pay for infinite reward, namely, eternal life in heaven?

                    Again, fallen man, for the most part, won’t even do this. The line for confession on Divine Mercy Sunday was pretty short.

                    • Craig Roberts

                      Preach it brother! I wish that just half the priests in my diocese could give a sermon half as well as you can! Seriously.
                      My only point is that if we are *really* going to love our zombie neighbors the way we are commanded by our Lord, we are going to have to stop trying to earn plenary indulgences for ourselves and start doing it for them.
                      Please pray for us Saint Faustina!

                    • ColdStanding

                      I thank you for your kind words.

                      I will only make a small correction. We can earn indulgences for our selves. Indeed, we must. But don’t forget that the holy souls in Purgatory are also in need of our pious supplications. I have time and again formed the intention of offering the indulgences I attempt to obtain on their behalf. It is a work of mercy. Blessed are the merciful! The great benefit is that those holy souls freed by our works of mercy become our staunchest advocates.

                      The same principle is at work in alms deeds. An army of the poor praying on behalf of their benefactor.

                      Unfortunately, indulgences can not be earned for those that are unrepentant of their sins. That would be the zombie neighbour. However, one can plead their case before God’s altar by offering a mass and fervent prayers on their behalf.

                      Now drop to your knees and pray for the dead, your enemies, and your neighbour!

                    • Craig Roberts

                      Indeed. There will be more rejoicing in heaven when one zombie converts than over 99 that are living and don’t need to have their brains blown out.

            • hombre111

              I count on the mercy of God, who knows our hearts and whose Son died for us. Plenary indulgences, whatever the heck they are, are a public relations gimmick.

              • ColdStanding

                What happened to Jesus Christ after He looked upon St. Peter and forgave St. Peter for having denied Him three times? He was spat upon, reviled, and beaten. There is a price to pay for sin, even after it has been forgiven. This is the constant teaching of the Church, even if some or many of Her ministers are neglectful in the exercise of their office with regard to this matter.

                The irony of you disparaging Holy Mother Church’s dogmatic teaching on indulgences, thank you fathers of the Council of Trent for declaring that, is that indulgences are the ancient Church’s version of Divine Mercy. Indulgences are visible expression of God’s mercy. I’d tell you about the change over from the strict penitential practices of the early Church, but you should know that by now.

                More important, you, as a priest no less, in denying that there are indulgences and that the Church can and does grant them, are persisting in error. It is de fide that from the the treasury of satisfactions made by Jesus Christ and His saints, the Church may apply these to the remission of the temporal punishment due to the penitent sinner for his sins. In other words, you are very close to heresy. Deny one aspect of the faith and you deny all.

                St. Alphonsus Liguori in his wonderful work, Preparation for Death, in one of his conferences talks about how the devil deceives the sinner into thinking, oh, God is merciful, I need not convert and do penance.

                It is God’s mercy that your junior in the faith and age is relating this to you. I pray to God that He will grant you extra graces to convert from your error and be saved.

                • hombre111

                  When I was in the seminary, we made Totius Quotius a hundred times a day to liberate all those souls from purgatory. Our intentions were noble. Today, the whole idea seems nuts.

                  • ColdStanding

                    Perhaps you are not so noble anymore.

            • hombre111

              Anybody out there who can explain what a plenary indulgence is, in a way that would make sense to someone in the 21st. century?

              • ColdStanding

                You have moved so far away from Catholic Sacred tradition. Very sad. You could open up any number of books that treat of the subject and learn the answer yourself. Then all that there would be for you to do is submit to the teaching in humble obedience.

                If you are having problems with indulgences, going so far as to near publicly doubt them and pour scorn upon the teaching, I am fearful of what other depravities have taken root in your soul.

                • hombre111

                  As I said, if you still live in the medieval world, then go for broke. I give Communion to people who are going for the plenary indulgence for making the first fridays. They are also making the first saturdays. They have been following this ritual for twenty years. Obviously, they doubt the efficacy of what they are doing, or they would not be working hard for the plenary indulgence in question. Oh, I get it. They keep sinning, and need another get out of jail free card.

                  • ColdStanding

                    I don’t understand why you’d, with one side of your mouth, say we should trust in the mercy of God, while on the other side of your mouth you slag the means by which God demonstrates in an unambiguous fashion the concrete results of His mercy, namely the easy terms by which He accepts the making of satisfaction for the punishment due for our sins. It is as if you’d never read, or at least never reflected upon or read a reliable commentary on the parable of the unjust steward.

                    Indeed, by your reasoning, why would we ever receive communion more than once? Why would we confess more than once? Why go attend the Holy Sacrifice more than once? One can say with absolute certainty, that you’ve eaten more than once, slept more than once, spoke more than once, etc. ad nauseam. How is the repetition of the act a fault? By your own admission you have repeated many formal prayers. Is that wrong? No. Neither is devotedly carrying out a devotion over a long period of time!

                    What most astounds me is that, by now, you’d think you’d know all of this. Yet here you chide them for their doubt! Who has the greater disbelief? You are the one that heaps doubt upon the clear and infallibly declared teaching of the Church.

                    • hombre111

                      Communion and the Sacrifice of the Mass were given to us by Jesus, who said nothing about indulgences attached to them. Indulgences were cooked up somewhere along the way by the Church out of a mindset and according to a contorted formula that eludes me. Formal prayers have always been there. But somewhere along the way, the Church began to attach indulgences to their repetition, each indulgence calculated by some sort of strange math that makes them worth so much of whatever, all the way up to Plenary. “Out of the spiritual treasury of the Church,” apologists say. What the heck does that mean?

                    • ColdStanding

                      You’ve been listening to haters. But then, you, by your own admission, are proxima Lutherius. Those figures refer to the guidelines in the ancient penitential manuals that prescribed, say 500 days on your knees at the entrance to the church building begging for people to pray for the salvation of your soul. The indulgences are, irony of ironies, the equivalent to today’s “Divine Mercy Sunday” from the middle ages of the Church.

                      There is absolutely nothing controversial about these in light of the actual historical record. No “cooking” involved.

                      How is it that you do not know what the phrase “Out of the spiritual treasury of the Church” means? The teaching is clear as day and can only be muddled with serious effort.

                    • hombre111

                      Hmm, let’s see…500 days on your knees asking people to pray for your soul, a personal thing between believers, is condensed to the Chaplet repeated or sung once or xx times? Drawing on the spiritual treasury of the Church, which exists, exactly where, when, and how? The Plenary Indulgence is most difficult to understand. I don’t have time to do the research, and you obviously are doing the research, so explain it to me. No time in Purgatory? Give me a break, if that is what you mean. Death will find us all with our habits of sinfulness, which God will have to cleanse and maybe has already begun to cleanse. That fits my understanding of Purgatory, and I don’t see how a trip to see the Pope spares me that painful process. Lots of people who rush off to see the Pope and gain the indulgence will return as selfish and sin touched as they were when they left.

                    • ColdStanding

                      Re-read the Beatitudes: “Blessed are the Merciful, for they shall be shown mercy.” It is an act of spiritual mercy to pray for the suffering souls in Purgatory. Show mercy: get mercy. Its God’s promise. He can neither deceive nor be deceived. He forgives as we have forgiven. Indulgences are the means by which we pay off our debts and the debts of repentant souls. Why fight it?

                      But you will. Fight it that is. Instead of asking me, you’d do much better to devote time in prayer about it before a crucifix and/or the Blessed Sacrament. I’d suggest making a list of the ways in which you really don’t like to pray and pick from it the one that you feel is the most repugnant to your sensibilities.

                      However I will attempt to explain. I’ve recently been praying exactly the kinds of prayers you have elsewhere called “nuts”. Perhaps for your benefit as much as mine, I received the distinct impression of having accumulated something, can’t describe it better, that is of lasting value; of beginning to pay off the debt. I’m sure God has any number of angels to act as our bankers. The point is faith must translate into works, else it is dead. Thanking you St. James. I believe that it amounts to taking our precious time and breaking it in sacrifice to God by doing acts that most offend the deliction of our appetites.

                      Mmm. You’d be better praying to God for the gift of understanding on this one. Why not take it as a mortification to your pride to accept the teaching as the Church presents it to you? You really need to understand that your position goes against the dogmatic teaching of the Church. You are persisting in error on this. That is a mortal sin. Don’t trust Luther on this one (or any).

                    • hombre111

                      Heh. I am having a good time with this, but have to go celebrate the 10:00.

        • hombre111

          We had a great Divine Mercy Sunday. The Chaplet before Mass, my spell-binding sermon repeated 3X about the meaning of mercy, and Divine Mercy devotions in the afternoon. Then I went to the penitentiary to celebrate Mass and talked about Divine Mercy again. The women learned to sing the Chaplet.

          No, I didn’t mention the plenary indulgences. I agree with Luther on that idea, which might have made vague sense to the medieval mind, but makes little sense today.

          • ColdStanding

            If you agree with Luther, then you are a Lutheran, not a Catholic. Without forming the intention to gain the indulgence and failing to meet the conditions for gaining the indulgence greatly lessens the merit praying the chaplet. Having a nice time has nothing to do with it.

            • hombre111

              I can pray the chaplet with total devotion, complete repentance, and all the faith and love I can muster without looking or the indulgence prize in the bottom of the Cracker-Jacks box. Just a gimmick to appeal to Catholics with a medieval mind-set.

              • ColdStanding

                This reply, out of the three you posted last night, is the most interesting of all. You are wrong and chock full of bigotry on this point. That is obvious and not at all interesting. Banal is the word. No, what I find most interesting is that the teaching on indulgence has lasted far longer than your pet theory will, having outlive those through whom it was revealed by many, many centuries. Where as your particular take on it will die with you and promptly be forgotten.

                It will bear no fruit.

                For those that care to look, the teaching on indulgences is perfectly reasonable, that is, in the light of faith, faith being supernatural in character, thus a gift from God. Indeed, there are far greater mysteries to accent to than indulgences. Sinners and scoffers being given the power to forgive sins comes to mind. Hey, scoffer? Hey, sin-forgiver?

                I am left asking, how it is that you can claim to pray with, your words, “total devotion” when you deny the truth and we are to pray in the Spirit of Truth? That not Cracker-Jack. That’s crackers.

                • hombre111

                  Plenary indulgences are designed for those who imagine they can be 100% sure of their salvation. And along the way, indulgences filled many a church coffer, o blessed coincidence.

                  • ColdStanding

                    I’ve never paid for an indulgence. I have never been solicited with an offer of indulgences for cash, either. So, if this ever did happen, certainly doesn’t now and hasn’t for centuries.

                    Are you sure you aren’t really a Lutheran?

                    • hombre111

                      Who said anything like paying for an indulgence? But there are indulgences dangling out there to convince people to do certain devotions, or make certain pilgrimages.

    • Craig Roberts

      No no no! The real pleasure fantasy in zombie movies is that the living no longer have to love thier zombie niebghors! It is finally okay to blow the brains out of every annoying undead person you meet without remorse. In real life we have to care for them (shudder).

      • ColdStanding

        I defer to your, shall we say, more cultivated judgement. I hadn’t looked at it that way.

  • You wrote an entire article on Zombies in Easter without mentioning the Jerusalem Zombie Apocalypse from the Gospel of Matthew that occurred ON the first Easter?

    Matthew 27:51-53…Christianity had zombies LONG before the Rastafarians and Voodoo did.

    • ArtND76

      I was hoping somebody would point that out!

  • As a part-time Zombie Ghost

    http://www.ephotobay.com/share/ghost-tor.html

    I find your lack of faith appallingly aaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrggggggggghhhhhhhhhhaaaaagggrrr!

  • Zombill

    Ok, I get your point; but…..don’t take zombie entertaintment too seriously.

    I am a devout Catholic but enjoy many though not all zombie films; The Walking Dead, Dawn of the Dead, Shawn of the Dead and Zombieland among them.

    NONE of the zombie films I’ve seen sets up any kind of opposition between the
    the re-animated zombie body and the soul of the person that was once infused in it.
    Their souls are treated with the same love, prayers and honor as if they had died by any other means. Likewise they’re bodies except now you might have to smash a few heads to make sure they don’t come back and bite you (which should have been done to a few of them when they were still alive 🙂

    The standard premise of most current zombie stories is that a virus has killed these people and just re-animates the brains basic functions so the virus can perpetuate itself; much like a parasite. The zombies become the ever present reminder that life is precious and can end at any moment which should keep us on our guard and “on our knees” in prayer. The greater danger in most of these movies are “fellow” humans who are put to the test and either become heroes (saintly or secular) or monsters themselves that are far worse than the zombies who now serve just as a backdrop for the more serious moral questions amongst the living characters.

    • Yeah, I understand the point of the article too. I think it’s not so much the zombies themselves that are the issue but what it means to have to live in a world where people with “a healthy mental and spiritual condition” must heroically struggle with what a potentially zombie filled world “portends”. I hope I am expressing myself well here…anyhow, I love those ol’ zombie flicks. Shotguns and zombies! Let’s get em lads!

  • Zombill

    p.s. to 4kidsandacat: zombies are neither good nor evil. they are incapable of any moral choice. just think of them more or less, as a very big impersonal germ that needs to bite you to survive.

  • hombre111

    Don’t quite understand the modern fascination with vampires and zombies. But this is pretty good meditation on the Resurrection. Good job.

  • Tantem Ergo

    I never did get why America loves zombies. Seems like a link to the culture of death disguised as entertainment, like so many evils we have today.

    • Rich C.

      Lighten up dude.

      • Tantem Ergo

        Oh that’s funny Rich. Except it’s not. Losing souls never is.

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