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The following Field Submission is brought to you by Sonny. We met Sony through comments here on this blog. You can find Sonny’s contact information at the end of his post.
As always, we pray for your sanity and survival in these dark days…
“An outbreak of zombies infecting humans is likely to be disastrous, unless extremely aggressive tactics are employed against the undead. While aggressive quarantine may eradicate the infection, this is unlikely to happen in practice. A cure would only result in some
humans surviving the outbreak, although they will still coexist with zombies. Only sufficiently frequent attacks, with increasing force, will result in eradication, assuming the available resources can be mustered in time. Furthermore, these results assumed that the timescale of the outbreak was short, so that the natural birth and death rates could be ignored. If the timescale of the outbreak increases, then the result is the doomsday scenario: an outbreak of zombies will result in the collapse of civilization, with every human infected, or dead. This is because human births and deaths will provide the undead with a limitless supply of new bodies to infect, resurrect and convert. Thus, if zombies arrive, we must act quickly and decisively to eradicate them before they eradicate us.” 1
The above excerpt is from a paper published in 2009 that mathematically and statistically models the likelihood of human civilization surviving a Zombie Attack given different sets of conditions often found in popular Zombie literature and film. The prospects for humanity are not good, unless human beings get a real hard-on to kick some Zombie ass. Short of that, it’s hoping for salvation from above, like Nicolas Cage in The Knowing (wait, most people, including him, didn’t make it aboard the alien Ark, did they? Just a bunch of animals, male and female, including a few adolescent humans to repopulate the species elsewhere…wonder where they got that from?
Christian and Jewish theology have been modeling this sort of scenario for centuries, even thousands of years:
In Genesis, after the Fall of Man, God cast them out of Eden and put a Flaming Sword to guard the Tree of Life, lest they eat of it and attain eternal life, like God had intended from the beginning. In their fallen state of death they would have been condemned to become the Living Dead, unredeemable, reprobate, cursed forever. If they produced offspring with unlimited lifespans, the Undead would eventually cover the whole earth, and God’s world would become a horror, an abomination of Evil.
Cain murdered his brother, Abel, with bare hands while lying in wait for him in the field. Cain’s curse was to walk the earth with a mark of judgment, outcast from the land of the living to endure his own Living Death. It was forbidden that men should kill him, and the virus that Cain contracted spread to his offspring. He built cities, and weapons to defend those cities, and they became great hunters and warriors, and they gorged on the flesh of both animals and men. As time went on, this evil spread to the whole earth so that the Bible says “the wickedness of the human race had become great on the earth, and every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time…”
Men became so evil they threatened the survival of the future human race altogether, by threatening the line of the Seed of the Woman, the One who would come to eradicate the Curse of Sin and the Ground. Sin and Death had created a world of real life Zombies, and if left to itself, the world would not survive it.
The collapse of civilization, the math geniuses warn us, would be inevitable if decisive action were not taken. God did just what the tacticians of science say is the only reasonable and prudent course of action when faced with a Zombie Apocalypse, “employ extremely aggressive tactics.” He wiped them out, saving a small group of survivors to repopulate the earth, sort of like the last several global disaster movies you’ve seen. The Global Deluge/Ark story is a favorite of Hollywood, the same Hollywood that often derides the Bible and Christianity as archaic, uncreative and unimaginative. Without the Bible’s angels, demons, heathen gods and global disasters, not to mention it’s epic heroes and heroines, prophets and preachers of doom, messiahs and let’s not forget it’s occasional milf’y mistresses… they (Hollywood) would hardly be in business, would they?
And, just like in Armageddon, 2012, and other sci-fi disaster mega-movies, the Bible predicts another apocalypse coming our way with yet more Zombie Monster types spreading their viral insanity and requiring Divine Intervention to save the day:
“…the sea, turned into blood like that of a dead person, and every living thing in the sea died, and the rivers and springs of water became blood. “These judgments are just, for they have shed the blood of your people and your prophets. They now drink the blood they crave and deserve.” And the sun began to scorch people, so that they were seared by the intense heat and they cursed the name of God. Then the Earth was plunged into darkness and people gnawed their tongues in agony, and yet they still refused to call upon Him and repent of the Evil.”
The story gets even more Blockbuster as we go:
One section of Scripture prophesies the final threat to humanity would “come from the East, three Kings of the East (who call themselves the Dragon, the Beast, and the False Prophet) who deceive the nations of the world into joining their Caliphate, an evil coalition of armies who purpose to gather at Har Megiddo (the Valley or Plains of Megiddo near Jerusalem), either to do battle with each other for global supremacy and to resolve the Middle East problem once and for all, by destroying Israel forever, the Second Holocaust. This final invasion will lead to the confrontation of confrontations of all time.
If the mathematicians are correct, and I assume no reason to doubt them, I think we can look at biblical apocalypticism much in the same way that they look at the Zombie Attack, scientifically speaking. If humanity has a virus causing its own extinction (aka societal collapse, Malthusian catastrophe, etc.) and there is plenty of evidence in this day and age to at least lean that way and not be called a pessimist, then the idea of a linear progression to an eschatological climax in which the virus of death and destruction is swiftly eradicated to be replaced by a world ruled by peace, law, prosperity, and eternal life, is certainly not only rational, it is apparently fashionable and relevant to those who are modeling the same things only in different ways using in many cases material that has far less credibility than the Bible. Most of the characters, places, events, and archaeology of the Biblical record is real, historically proven to have existed and happened.
In the development of a Zombie Theology, science supports the biblical motif of apocalyptic, strange bedfellows indeed. The Zombie genre and Zombie community have birthed literature, entertainment, science (see zombie science http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0753332205001198and also here http://www.nytimes.com/2005/12/11/magazine/11ideas_section4-21.html ), and now it seems……Zombie Eschatology.
1 Excerpt from: “WHEN ZOMBIES ATTACK!: MATHEMATICAL MODELLING OF AN OUTBREAK OF ZOMBIE INFECTION, by Philip Munz1_, Ioan Hudea1y, Joe Imad2z, Robert J. Smith?
1School of Mathematics and Statistics, Carleton University, 2Department of Mathematics, The University of Ottawa, 2Department of Mathematics and Faculty of Medicine, The University of Ottawa. Published In: Infectious Disease Modelling Research Progress, Editors: J.M. Tchuenche and C. Chiyaka, pp. 133-150 ISBN 978-1-60741-347-9c 2009 Nova Science Publishers, Inc.
© Sonny Craig, 2011- permission to reprint for blog purposes given to the editors of Zombie Theology website, Dan Allen, on condition of author credits. Further use of this article for commercial purposes restricted without permission of the author.
Submitted by Sonny Craig, 885 w 14th ave, Apache Junction, Az. 480-277-5246