Vampires and Crosses

14 09 2009

The Slacktivist,  known widely for his page-by-page critique of the Left Behind series (where Bad Writing meets Bad Theology!) had a post up last weekend about vampires and crosses.

He believes vampire stories are true in the sense that they explain that anyone can have great power if they are only willing to feed off of others.  They are the ultimate predator, living to use their great powers to achieve their desires and greed.  Their main purpose, however, is to feed off the life force of humanity.  He points to the building of the Pyramids and Standard Oil as examples of vampirism.

One of the things that repels vampires is the cross, and he goes on to explain why.  The cross is anathema to vampires because it represents their complete opposite.  Here’s the crux (pun intended) of his assertion:

Most vampires don’t believe in the cross, but that hardly matters. It’s the idea of the thing that gives them fits. The cross confronts vampires with their opposite — with the rejection of power and its single-minded pursuit. It suggests that no one is to be treated as prey — not even an enemy. The idea of the cross, in other words, suggests that vampires have it wrong, that they have it backwards, in fact, and that those others they regard as prey are actually, somehow, winning.

This notion is incomprehensible for vampires. The one thing they’re certain of, the thing that drives them and tells them who they are and how the world works and that they’ve got it all figured out is that the key to immortality is in choosing to be the predator rather than the prey. The idea that this might be wrong is so befuddling, so contradictory to everything they have chosen to be that it forces them to recoil. They can’t get past it.

Follow the link to read the whole thing

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