The Gospel of the Living Dead: George Romero's Visions of Hell on Earth

The Gospel of the Living Dead: George Romero's Visions of Hell on Earth

Kim Paffenroth / Jul 17, 2019

The Gospel of the Living Dead George Romero s Visions of Hell on Earth This volume connects American social and religious views with the classic American movie genre of the zombie horror film For nearly forty years the films of George A Romero have presented viewers wit

  • Title: The Gospel of the Living Dead: George Romero's Visions of Hell on Earth
  • Author: Kim Paffenroth
  • ISBN: 9781932792652
  • Page: 469
  • Format: Hardcover
  • This volume connects American social and religious views with the classic American movie genre of the zombie horror film For nearly forty years, the films of George A Romero have presented viewers with hellish visions of our world overrun by flesh eating ghouls This study proves that Romero s films, like apocalyptic literature or Dante s Commedia, go beyond the surfaceThis volume connects American social and religious views with the classic American movie genre of the zombie horror film For nearly forty years, the films of George A Romero have presented viewers with hellish visions of our world overrun by flesh eating ghouls This study proves that Romero s films, like apocalyptic literature or Dante s Commedia, go beyond the surface experience of repulsion to probe deeper questions of human nature and purpose, often giving a chilling and darkly humorous critique of modern, secular America.

    What is the gospel GotQuestions The gospel is, broadly speaking, the whole of Scripture narrowly, the gospel is the good news concerning Christ and the way of salvation The key to understanding the gospel is to know why it s good news To do that, we must start with the The Old Testament Law Gospel Gospel Gospel sp l is the Old English translation of Greek , evangelion, meaning good news It originally meant the Christian message itself, but in the nd century it came to be used for the books in which the message was set out The four gospels of the New Testament Matthew, Mark, The Gospel Desiring God Aug , The gospel is good news because it brings a person into the everlasting and ever increasing joy of Jesus Christ He is not merely the rope that pulls us from the threatening waves he is the solid beach under our feet, and the air in our lungs, and the beat of our heart, and the warm sun on our skin, and the song in our ears, What is the Gospel Bible Conclusion Of course, the gospel is a message of words since words are basic to the intelligent communication of God s truth As a message, the gospel is a witness to the historical work of God in the person and work of Christ for which the right words are crucial However, this message is not merely a message of words. The gospel of the kingdom The Bible Project Gospel of the Kingdom In this video we trace the origins of the word gospel and how it ties the story of the Old Testament together with the story of Jesus and his announcement of God s kingdom. What Is the Gospel Crossway Articles What Is the Gospel Greg Gilbert Adapted from Greg Gilbert s book What Is the Gospel , this tract uses evidence from the Bible to provide answers to the most commonly asked questions about Jesus Christ. The Gospel of Christ The Gospel of Christ is a Media Program designed to take the WHOLE gospel to the WHOLE world We air on over two dozen television stations across the world as well as well as a Gospel Define Gospel at Dictionary of, relating to, or proclaiming the gospel or its teachings a gospel preacher in accordance with the gospel evangelical of or relating to gospel music a gospel singer. Gospel of Mark The Gospel of Mark is anonymous It was probably written c AD , during Nero s persecution of the Christians in Rome or the Jewish revolt, as suggested by internal references to war in Gospel of Thomas Lambdin Translation The Nag Hammadi The Gospel of Thomas in multiple translations, along with a vast collection of material about the Thomas tradition This site includes the entire Hammadi Library, as well as a large collection of other primary Gnostic scriptures and documents.

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      • Kim Paffenroth

        I am a professor of religious studies, and the author of several books on the Bible and theology I grew up in New York, Virginia, and New Mexico I attended St John s College, Annapolis, MD BA, 1988 , Harvard Divinity School MTS, 1990 , and the University of Notre Dame PhD, 1995 I live in upstate New York with my wife and two wonderful kids In the horror genre, I have written Gospel of the Living Dead George Romero s Visions of Hell on Earth Baylor, 2006 WINNER, 2006 Bram Stoker Award Dying to Live A Novel of Life among the Undead Permuted Press, 2007 Orpheus and the Pearl Magus Press, 2008 and Dying to Live Life Sentence Permuted Press, 2008.


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    1. Fun fact: Zombies, as we know them today, were never meant to be referred to as “zombies”. George Romero, the director of the 1968 film “Night of the Living Dead”---the film which is credited for starting the whole zombie movie genre---never liked the term “zombie”. The word itself is never mentioned once in that seminal horror film classic. Romero preferred the word “ghoul”, the term for an ancient mythological creature that roamed graveyards and feasted on human flesh. The term [...]


    2. I read this on the plane to Mexico. people think I'm weird. I really enjoy Kim Paffenroth's whole intellectual analysis of the genre. Although he focuses on George Romero's work, we can obviously generalize to the genre (since Romero started the whole modern zombie movement)Why are there so few zombie non-fiction books?!!! I eat this stuff up. Paffennroth uses religion and standardized Christian themes to analyze the modern zombie story. He outlines how these themes pertain to the human conditio [...]


    3. Paffenroth's offering is fascinating, insightful, and intelligent enough to rival any published examination of social and religious sciences as they relate to genre cinema, a thinker's companion piece to the films themselves, and without its presence on the book case shelves of a true zombie fanatic you can deem his library incomplete. From the introduction, Paffenroth states "e monstrous zombies createdby our imaginations, whether in a logician's thought experiment or a director's frame, may ye [...]


    4. Kim Paffenroth, Gospel of the Living Dead: George Romero's Vision of Hell on Earth (Baylor University Press, 2006)I have to say that just about the last book I ever expected to see would be a religious deconstruction of George A. Romero's zombie flicks. And yet that's exactly what we have here; divinity student Paffenroth (who has since graduated into horror-writing himself) offers up a dissection of Romero's films that is quite unlike any other I've ever seen-- he's looking for the religious si [...]


    5. Much to admire about this book--as one who loves zombie movies, to see a book outside of the ever-famous _Monster Theory_ take a serious critical eye to Romero's quadrilogy (and then some) of _Dead_ movies, as well as to put them in a critically religious light, is interesting stuff. Also, that the author of this book, PhD and Associate Professorship and all, would grace the cover among the hoard of zombies bathed in green light hopefully defines for all time the true fandom of Kim Paffenroth. I [...]


    6. Reading this book gave me a good perspective on one man's views of the works of George A. Romero and the zombie movie genre as a whole. Dr. Paffenroth presents a well researched analysis of these stories as they relate to faith and religion in our society of today. Books such as this and "The Philosophy of the Undead" are intriguing to me because they provide both insights and opinions that I can appreciate on the undead. I have my own views on the meanings behind it all, since I have read quite [...]


    7. There really isn't enough zombie non-fiction out there, although with the explosion that the zombie lit genre is going through I suppose this number is going. This is one of those, and it is exemplary as an entry into the genre.Any discussion of the zombie genre has to pretty much start with Romero and his films, because in a very real sense he created the genre with his movies. The view we have of zombies comes from those movies (see Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Zombies). It was ama [...]


    8. new review:I've finished it. I decided in the end that the book is pretty great. Some of the things I found interesting were, the author's over enthusiastic appraisal of the Dawn remake- I found the remake rather bland and formulaic, he found it motivational- and his take on Day, which is both critical and reverential. (sp?)Paffenroth is a rare thing, theologian and a zombie scholar. I'm anxious to read his zombie fiction.Old review:Thoroughly researched and superfluously footnoted, this book is [...]


    9. If you're a fan of the zombie subgenre (films like Night of the Living Dead, City of the Living Dead, Hell of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, etc.), you'll definitely want to read this although it only covers Romero's works, not others in the subgenre. Although it does really over-analyze many of George Romero's films and it gets very technical at some points, it also presents the social, political and environmental aspects of these films. What causes zombies in each film? Radioactive dust fr [...]


    10. A great book by a professor of theology. He takes all of the Romero movies plus the remake of Dawn of the Dead and subjects them to social and theological criticism. He uses Dante's Inferno in this criticism. The author's outlook can best be described as left-wing Christian so his social and political analysis of the movies is quite good. At times his drawing Christian lessons out of the movies is a bit forced but this is usually not the case. A great read for any fan of Romero and the zombie ge [...]


    11. Before zombies became the rage that they continue to be, Paffenroth took seriously their implications for religious thought. For those who have an interest in monsters and religion, and especially how they are related, this is a book you won't want to miss. You might want to catch up on your Romero movies before reading it, though. I say more on it here: Sects and Violence in the Ancient World.


    12. An excellent overview, analysis and criticism of Romero's living dead movies. The book examines how the zombie movies draw on literature and religion, such as Dante's Inferno, to study human sin and societal failings.


    13. A bit heavy on synopsis. The analysis is not terribly deep, but frequently references Dante, which is pretty awesome. While definitely worth reading, the criticism lacks the feminist-marxist element that I feel is necessary in any analysis of contemporary horror cinema.


    14. Reads like a thesis. Much zombie movie discussion, little gospel tie-in. Author's sleeve photo not to be missed.



    15. Informative, interesting, and well written. A great book for anyone interested in the more academic side of Zombie culture


    16. I felt wicked smart about all things Romero and sin after this book. Here's to the uncertainty of the afterlife!


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