T. S. Eliot’s Hollow Men: A Zombie Poem


Artists are ahead of the rest of us when it comes to understanding the times; in his 1968 film Night of the Living Dead, George Romeo created the modern zombie, a picture of humanity in the contest of secular modernism.  I contend that the most insightful of the artists are...

Zombie Intelligence?


Zombies resemble deceased human beings. That's what they are really. Except that reanimation thing and the drive to eat the living. What do we make of this? It's a spark, isn't it? Of something beyond? Just enough to get them going and send them in a direction? The transcendent is...

Zombie Jesus Day


“Zombie Jesus Day”?  That's what they call Easter.  They are being provocative or trying impress their like-minded friends.  Perhaps it is because of this attitude that Christian writer Eric Metaxas has taken the position that zombies are a parody of the resurrection of the dead.  I disagree with Metaxas; I think...

Do I believe in Zombies?


The way I talk about zombies sometimes prompts the question, “Do you think zombies are real?” The answer isn’t a simple “Yes” or “No.” Do I believe that there are, or could ever be, corpses walking around in various stages of decay trying to eat the living? No. But I...

Zombies and Worldview


There some foundational questions that every human beings asks. They don’t always literally ask them, but they will live their lives out of the answers to these basic questions. In his book, The Universe Next Door, James W. Sire, lays out what he calls the basic worldview questions: What is...

Zombie Prophet


If you are worried about what you see in our culture: the moral relativism, rampant consumerism, and the marginalization of religious ideas and institutions—and religious ways of interpreting life, the world and everything.  If you are concerned about the loss of meaning and the other results of a general turn...

Leningrad Cemetery, Winter 1941 — A poem about zombies?


So you don't like poetry?  Give this one a chance, not because the author has won several prestigious awards for her writing, including the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Critics Circle Award.  Not because she is one of the leading voices in contemporary poetry.  And not because she's got incredible range, writing about anything from family to political...

The God of Abraham


Of course I watched the season 7 premier of The Walking Dead to find out whose head got smashed with Lucille, in last season's finale.  I expected Abraham because he's too much of a soldier; Rick and company need to be vulnerable in the face of Negan.  I was also prepared for Glen...

Zombies, Ghetto and Human Goodness


The Walking Dead explores human nature and, like almost all other zombie narratives, it too suggests a simple reality: take away the blessings of civilization and people turn bad.  Even the good people do terrible things--zombie stories then ask the question, "Are they still good?" There's quite a bit of...

Zombies and Rituals


Both routines and rituals involve a regular repetition of some action. But they are very different. Routines can flatten life: contribute to zombification.  Rituals can thicken life and reverse zombification. Routines are like ordinary time and rituals are linked with "higher times." With a routine there is a clear, linear connection...