1. Thanks for the reminder that I don’t have to fear things in the culture, but that I can use them to talk with my kids about Jesus.

  2. I thought Warm Bodies was particularly good regarding the explanation of how zombieism started (the book even more so than the movie). After years of having their relationships overshadowed by their electronic devices, people just sort of deadened, mentally and socially and finally physically. The undead craved the interaction and experiences they used to have and tried to relive them without being fully aware of what they were doing or what they were missing.

    • Adam says:

      Brandi, I agree. I enjoyed both book and film, and unlike a lot of zombie stories, it actually holds out hope for their redemption. Looking at it theologically, you have the humans, who are the redeemed, and the zombies too far gone to be redeemed, but the largest group by far were the normal zombies who craved their own redemption, and can symbolize your average person.

  3. So glad to hear your thoughts on this! I’ve been avoiding zombie stuff, and now I can see I’m also missing out on a chance for some interesting conversations.

    • Adam says:

      Phyllis, I’m so glad you found it helpful. Yes, the conversations have been very interesting. I’m hoping to try it out in a youth-group setting at some point.

  4. bainespal says:

    I’ve been getting into zombie fiction recently, partly because I have to write zombie fan fiction based on the video game Left 4 Dead. I’m in a videogame design class, and the two other guys that I’m working with are both Left 4 Dead fans. They wanted to make a custom campaign for Left 4 Dead 2 for our final project.

    This campaign I’m writing evokes another theme that I think is strongly evident in all apocalyptic and dystopian fiction, but perhaps even more stongly in zombie fiction — survival. My game design project is a “survival map” — a game type in which the players hold out as long as possible, but there is no way to win, so everyone eventually dies. In the backstory that I’m writing, I’m trying to suggest that no one is immune to zombie infection, and no place is safe.

    The canonical Left 4 Dead franchise includes a free comic called The Sacrifice, which naturally is a story about the sacrificial death of one of the “survivors” — the playable characters in the game. I think there’s enough to conclude from these themes that mere survival is not worthwhile. In the end, sacrifice is more important than survival.

    These themes are definitely not lacking in common grace!

  5. notleia says:

    The Nostalgia Critic had a vlog discussing why zombies were so popular, and one of the bigger points he made was that anymore, the story is less about the monsters and more about how people react to them. The approach angle, especially in The Walking Dead, is more survivalist than straight horror, and it’s more character-driven. And it’s a total playground for ethical debate. Where on the scale from pragmatism to idealism do they fall, and should they fall here or there?

  6. HG Ferguson says:

    Outstanding analysis and a faithful, penetrating upholding of God’s Word in every circumstance. When we cast God’s Word behind our back, as those young people advocated, we bring ruin upon ourselves. Thanks for standing up for the Truth without fear or compromise. The other thing I’d like to say is the usual Christian approach to zombies, i.e., let’s ignore them completely or indulge a guilty pleasure in silence, applies to all horror fiction regardless of subgenre. The Christian approach is to uniformly pretend horror doesn’t exist and marginalize it as much as possible in the Christian creative community, or to be a silent appreciator. Both of these need to stop. Horror had its birth in the biblical worldview — Shelley’s Frankenstein and Stoker’s Dracula — and the questions it raises, like the zombie subgenre, need to be explored. Not hidden. And anyone who says “Horror can’t glorify God” needs to see the Walking Dead Season 3 episode where Hershel reads from Psalm 91 to his daughters. Think of the millions of unbelieving fans who might not have ever head those Words any other way! Yes, God chose The Walking Dead to be a vehicle for His Word to go forth and be heard. The Word He sent through that episode shall NOT return to Him empty. He is pleased to use even horror. Let’s not therefore hide from it. We might miss something He wants us to hear.

  7. Keith Henry says:

    Well said, H.G. !

  8. I’m glad you write articles like this. I try and try to understand the attraction of horror and zombies, but I can’t get past the disgusting ugly.

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