The children went off to school quite happily on Monday after their two-week break. I was surprised. It also happened to be my birthday, and my husband was home, so we were able to have a lovely lunch date. Our lunch itself, at a trendy local bistro, was a gift from friends.
I bought myself a book on my Kindle, Redeeming Flesh: The Way of the Cross with Zombie Jesus. Yes, it’s an interesting title! I don’t really get the whole zombie thing and wasn’t much aware that Zombie Jesus was a thing – apparently it is.
In his introduction, author Dr Matthew Tan, a philosophy and theology lecturer at Campion College Sydney, and blogger at Patheos, writes that the ‘Zombie Jesus’ meme “will act as a touchstone for a broader inquiry in to the reasons behind the prominence of the zombie in popular culture, and how the Christian might engage the motif of the zombie at a cultural level in light of its popularity among Christian and non-Christian consumers of popular culture. This work will also highlight how the Christian might engage the zombie at a theological level, and make the zombie not only a part of his or her consumption of popular culture, but also a way towards cultivating a greater appreciation of the saving work of God.”
I haven’t got past the introduction yet, but it’s timely reading as we nudge closer to the celebration of All Hallows which has almost been consumed by the Halloween phenomenon – when we’re going to start seeing zombies popping up everywhere on social media and whatnot. I love that theology can be applied to popular culture, and that a grotesque joke about Jesus can be turned around and used as a means of drawing people into an appreciation of him and what he has done.
“In all created things, discern the providence and wisdom of God, and in all things give Him thanks.” So wrote St Teresa of Avila, whose feast day happens to be in a couple of days (October 15). I wonder what she would make of the Zombie Jesus meme? In any case, I think she would probably admire what Matthew has done with it.
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