humor, religion

Religious People Are Nerds

Who just found his way in for the Religion and Interfaith section for their class this fall? Me!

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humor, vampires

Vampires and Cracked

For a rather long time I’ve found vampires and zombies to be quite interesting for theology: zombies are of course mindless hordes consuming life around them, and often set in shopping malls so as to expose capitalism’s logic; while vampires exude a combination of consumption and eroticism. Oddly, however, while zombies are still evil, brain-eating fiends, vampires are no longer the incarnation of evil lust but just sensuality.

There is already a book on this, The Vampire Defanged: How the Embodiment of Evil Became a Romantic Hero by Susannah Clements. But equally interesting, and more entertaining, the awesome “After Hours” series by cracked.com took up the discussion back in May:

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humor, not so theological, philosophy

If Sarte got ahold of Star Wars

I don’t make it a secret that I don’t like Star Wars. Frankly, Lucas should be paying the audience to watch the movies. For instance, the movies are so weak that they go far beyond simply asking the audience for the suspension of belief — they require the audience to do the heavy lifting in order to make the stories bearable. “Perhaps I jest or over state my case?” you ask. My answer is then, “What if Sarte were to get ahold of the narrative?” Youtube has an answer:

Doesn’t “the force” just look like dribble now? That’s cause it is.

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humor, memory

Waiting, Not Waiting, Remembrance, and Zombies: A Very Short Christmas Meditation

There is a bit of talk going on about the virtues of waiting and not waiting. Both have their merits. And I suspect that they have different targets in mind, rather than being in simple opposition. Still, I wonder if the singular focus on whether to wait or not to wait produces a blindness. We’re missing the importance of remembrance about the radicality of the incarnation — which affirms and rejects. And for this particular conversation, remembrance would include both waiting and not waiting; remembrance shows us how to wait, but also reveals that in so many respects, the wait has also been over for a long time because the apocalyptic work of God came to live with us. Carter has recently noted the tension as well through Bonhoeffer.

Also, I wonder if we should rename this current capitalist holiday of gluttonous consumption of commodified goods. I propose zombie holiday. After all, despite the discussion about waiting or not waiting as the correct political alternative to the status quo, we can agree that “Christmas” in America is not the same thing as the Christ-mass. And zombie flicks have a great tradition of revealing and critiquing mindless consumption, which in this time of the year, revels in a a racist parody of Christian tradition — an Odin like Santa Claus (who image was originally a caricature of the Dutch) with white elves, rather than the pastor Saint Nicholas and his helper Black Peter (who Nick had liberated from slavery):

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