Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Zombies are on the Move

My favorite TV show this fall has been AMC's The Walking Dead - which probably means it will only last a season or two. Thanks Doug for telling me about it.

Russell Moore writes a blog on Christian Ethics that I frequent. This past week he posted about why zombies are making a comeback in American entertainment, engaging with an article in the Times, My Zombie, Myself: Why Modern Life Feels Rather Undead, by Chuck Klosterman. Klosterman contends,

"The main truth about zombies, he argues, is that zombies, dead as they are, keep coming. As soon as you “kill” one dead man, there’s another right behind him. “In other words, zombie killing is philosophically similar to reading and deleting 400 work emails on a Monday morning or filling out paperwork that only generates more paperwork, or following Twitter gossip out of obligation, or performing tedious tasks in which the only true risk is being consumed by the avalanche.”

Moore goes beyond Klosterman,

"I think there’s more to it than Klosterman’s technological overload scenario. The zombie represents what it means to feel dead and yet unable to stop living. That’s, at root, a spiritual condition before it’s a sociological one. Those familiar with the Christian story know that the primal human sin brought about the sentence of death. What we don’t often note is that this death penalty was itself radically gracious. After joining the serpent in his insurrection against God, the man and the woman were spiritually cut off from the life of God. They were dead. God exiled them from the Garden of Eden not because he was spiteful toward them, but to get them away from his appointed means of their ongoing life, the Tree of Life. God sent the sinful humanity out of the sanctuary “lest he reach out his hand and take also of the tree of life and eat, and live forever” (Gen. 3:22)."

The whole thing is worth a read. Oh, and a note on the pic - I couldn't find a good zombie pic, so I found one of Lynn's ex-boyfriend. Remarkable resemblance!

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