New Moon: Vampires, Werewolves and Resurrection

I’m not sure if this will work or not, but here is the connection I am exploring.  I believe that there are universal yearnings, cosmic questions that work themselves out in our lives.  My perspective here is informed by Joseph Campbell’s work on myth.  The world’s great religious traditions evolved to give expression to these yearnings and questions, but too often become dull and legalistic over time.  When this happens, we look elsewhere for our answers, to psychology, to pop culture, or to literature.

Many of our yearnings and questions emerge out of our powerlessness and accompanying fear.  One question might be, “Can we claim power out of our powerlessness?  Can we leave fear, hurt, and suffering behind to become something new?  Can we find freedom from those things that threaten and enslave us?”   Another question follows from our fear of our ultimate powerlessness, death.  “Do we have to die?  Why can’t we live forever?”

These two questions seem to be given expression in the Twilight series of books and movies by werewolves and vampires.  Werewolves transform into something powerful in response to vulnerability and suffering.  Vampires live forever.

Christ responds to these questions through resurrection.  So, why Christ instead of werewolves and vampires?

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  1. Hi George,
    Your blog about “Twilight”. etc has helped me tremendously with how I talk about this with my grandchildren (ages 11 and 16.) My granddaughter is also into “Charmed.” All of this is harmless except their friends are making these things into “gods.” This has reminded me of how I can use my faith as an example to them of Christ’s supremacy and light in the world and not things that bring darkness and hate. We are failing our young people by not giving them TRUE anchors. Thank you. Jane

  2. Hi Jane, Thanks for your comments. I agree. I think the stories of our faith, when well told, can hold their own in the lives of young people. Nice to hear from you! 🙂


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