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 from God, then you need to know that you have a powerful ally—the zombie horde. The zombies are on your side. They are challenging some foundational cultural assumption and beliefs that lie at the root of secularism. I’m not suggesting that we can shape the zombie into some object lesson to promulgate a Christian agenda. We don’t have to shape it to critique secular society, it’s doing it already —and doing it beautifully. Ok, not beautifully . . . it’s doing it hideously. The zombie is a creation of our culture made to critique our culture–and it wasn’t deliberate.  Monsters never are.  They show up when they sense a weakness.  The weakness that has attracted them is, on a cultural level, that we aren’t convinced that we are who we thought we were.  We thought materialism was the next natural step in human development.  Collectively we now wonder if this is true.  The zombies are an embodiment of this doubt.

We just need to listen to the critique. Christians will find that the zombie critique overlaps with the Christian critique of culture.

Seen this way, zombies are a powerful apologetic for a more Biblical view of reality.

But perhaps I over-stated my case when I said that the zombies are on our side. Sure, they challenge modern secular society about its basic beliefs, but as residents of this society Christians have strayed a little toward the secular, a little too much, perhaps. The zombies, then, will perhaps challenge the way Christians live out our faith. The walking dead could be thought prophets in that they have much to tell us, and we’d be wise to listen.

3 Replies to “Zombie Prophet”

  1. I really like this point, Trent…

    “The zombie is a creation of our culture made to critique our culture–and it wasn’t deliberate. Monsters never are. They show up when they sense a weakness. The weakness that has attracted them is, on a cultural level, that we aren’t convinced that we are who we thought we were. We thought materialism was the next natural step in human development. Collectively we now wonder if this is true. The zombies are an embodiment of this doubt.”

    Monsters are a response of what isn’t always understood, they point out what we don’t always fully understand.

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