How “Zombie Jesus” Guides Us through the Postmodern Apocalypse

The following is an excerpt from The Undead and Theology (2012, Wipf and Stock Publishers), a collection of essays that analyze, from a theological standpoint, the significance of cultural depictions of zombies, vampires, and other undead creatures. In this excerpt, John W. Morehead examines the phenomenon of Zombie Walks and the satirical figure of Zombie Jesus, and how they relate to our culture's postmodern views of the apocalypse.Tracing the origins of Zombie Jesus is difficult, but i … [Read more...]

Grapes of Wrath? The Economy of Relative Feeling

I recently joined a book club, and our next book is, "The Grapes of Wrath," by John Steinbeck. Most interesting was the reason for choosing this particular book; the choosers felt, "it would be especially relevant to our time and situation." In other words, they felt the many parallels between our time and the events depicted in the book warranted close consideration.Of course, the title for the book comes from the Christian hymn "Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory," which uses martial terms to … [Read more...]