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Zombie Theology

Curse Of The Undead 1959
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Hard to believe it’s been more than a year since my book Undead came out. I first had the idea to write about the connection between Christian spirituality and our cultural fascination with zombies way back in the summer of 2010 which seems so long ago.

At that time we still hadn’t seen the explosion in popularity of all things undead that the record-setting TV show The Walking Dead would create. Since then I’ve seen zombies in kid’s books, craft stores, educational documentaries, sermons, and lots more. And this year the living dead have been featured in the fun romantic comedy Warm Bodies and even made Brad Pitt more money than any film he’s ever done with World War Z.


I recently had a great conversation with a brilliant writer named Randal Rauser–a thinker, teacher, writer, Canadian, and all around nice guy. What I like most about Randal is how honest he is about the struggles of having faith unlike many evangelicals who seem to pretend that we should have everything figured out.

I can’t wait to start reading more of Randal’s work. His latest book JUST came out and is called What on Earth Do We Know about Heaven?: 20 Questions and Answers about Life after Death.

I also can’t wait to check out The Swedish Atheist, the Scuba Diver and Other Apologetic Rabbit Trails which features a conversation between a Christian and atheist and sounds amazing.


So what I’m saying is that the undead are real thought provokers and Randal is a great conversationalist. Here is what happened when he and I chatted and he challenged me with some of the best questions I’ve ever been asked. Hope you enjoy.


By Clay Morgan

Clay Morgan is the author of Undead. Say hi on Twitter.