By Mike Duran
To such a lot, the time period “Christian horror” most likely feels like an oxymoron. however, there are excellent arguments to be made that “horror” is an eminently biblical style and that Christian artists could be on the leading edge of reclaiming it. during this paintings, novelist Mike Duran explores the Judeo-Christian roots of up to date horror, the spiritual subject matters that body a lot of the horror paintings, and the way evangelical tradition has come to distance itself from this sort of in all likelihood wealthy and robust medium. Duran seems to be at Christian artists and authors whose works hire the macabre and gruesome. From surrealist Hieronymus Bosch to Southern Gothicist Flannery O'Connor to the grasp of horror Stephen King, we will be able to hint a noticeably biblical worldview that frames their visions of terror. alongside the way in which, Duran solutions objections whereas constructing an apologetic, no longer for a brand new sub-genre, yet for a rethinking of the explanations that "Christian horror" has turn out to be seen as such an oxymoron.
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The materialist denies the reality of the unseen. In his worldview, there is no such thing as angels, demons, or demonic possession. Rather, everything can be explained in terms of science, medicine, physics, or psychology. , that which involves a real spiritual dimension) quite fascinating. S. Lewis in his classic, The Screwtape Letters. This unique little novel is rarely considered as horror, even though the plot involves a communique between devils regarding one man’s eternal soul. In the introduction, Lewis points out two potential problems when considering demons.
Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. (I Peter 5:8) How might the devil “devour” someone? Is this purely metaphorical, or are there real dangers to not being “alert and of a sober mind”? Similarly, James bluntly exhorts his readers: Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (James 4:7) Again, the implication is of real consequences to sin or spiritual laziness. If the devil will “flee” from those who resist him, this verse implies he will draw near to those who don’t.
Even more fascinating, Stoker’s Dracula contains a possibly redemptive resolution. As Mina plummets toward Darkness, her husband Jonathan vows to kill the vampire, staking it through the heart and sending it to hell. Mina pleads with Jonathan to, if possible, slay the vampire first so that the Count may find redemption (the lore being if the vampire dies before it is staked, it is freed from its curse). The climactic scene unfolds as follows: But, on the instant, came the sweep and flash of Jonathan’s great knife.
Christian Horror: On the Compatibility of a Biblical Worldview and the Horror Genre by Mike Duran