Walking with the Dead: Living on Borrowed Faith

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Each week in “Walking with the Dead,” David Dunham reflects on the latest episode of AMC’s The Walking Dead. “Don’t doubt in the darkness what you know to be true in the light.” It’s one of those Christian clichés that has managed to make an impression on me. Perhaps it resonates with me because it recognizes the tension that so many of us experience between doubt and faith. It’s the same tension that many of the characters from The Walking Dead are experiencing in the … [Read more...]

Walking with the Dead: The Trauma and Healing of Community

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Each week in “Walking with the Dead,” David Dunham reflects on the latest episode of AMC’s The Walking Dead. How does someone survive psychological trauma? It’s more than a theoretical question for those struggling to survive the zombie apocalypse. The ubiquity of death, threat, and despair has the potential to scar even the most mature psyche. For many people confronting their trauma is their only chance of survival. There’s so much more to fear in the zombie apocalypse than … [Read more...]

Walking with the Dead: An Existential End to the Governor’s Hope

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Each week in “Walking with the Dead,” David Dunham reflects on the latest episode of AMC’s The Walking Dead. Checkmate. There’s no more chess for the Governor after Michonne stabs him through the heart. His assault on the prison confirmed what viewers suspected last week: the Governor is back in full-force. His resurgence comes as he reconciles himself to his immutability. Experience has told him he can’t change, no matter what Rick says. The normative role of his experience leaves … [Read more...]

Walking with the Dead: In which the Governor Remembers who He Is

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How do you accept who you are when who you are is a monster? Often culture teaches us to love ourselves just as we are. Accept who you are and you’ll find the happiness you seek, we are assured. The Governor’s struggle to accept himself, however, seems a far more complicated matter. While he wants to be Brian-- a simple family man, far more interested in survival than in rebuilding civilization--, he realizes in this episode that he has to be the Governor. The Governor’s return comes only … [Read more...]

Walking with the Dead: The Governor Returns, but will He be Redeemed?

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Each week in “Walking with the Dead,” David Dunham reflects on the latest episode of AMC’s The Walking Dead. An entire episode about the Governor? I’ll admit, I’ve been curious about what happened to him after the end of last season. We all knew he was going to make a comeback, but this isn’t exactly the same Governor. He is seemingly changing, and that change is tied up in finding a new family. The return of parenthood, however, just doesn’t seem like a believable story of … [Read more...]

Walking with the Dead: The Immanence of God in the Zombie Apocalypse

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Each week in "Walking with the Dead," David Dunham reflects on the latest episode of AMC's The Walking Dead. What is the difference between faith and naiveté? The Scriptures tell us that faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1). Gullibility, however, can often be found in those of faith. In this episode of The Walking Dead Herschel tends to walk the line between faith and naiveté. To have solid hope, however, he needs more immanence to … [Read more...]


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