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Vampires & crosses | Fred Clark
It's a well-established fact that vampires can't abide crosses. There seems to be some confusion, however, as to whythis is so.
I should note here, before we go on, that I believe in vampire stories. I don't mean that I believe these stories are "literally" true — they're not that kind of story. But I believe they are true stories — stories by which we tell ourselves true things so that we do not forget them.

Vampire stories tell us, for example, that any of us can have great power if only we are willing to prey on others. Feed off the blood of others and great power will be yours. This is demonstrably true. It's how the pyramids were built. And Standard Oil.
The stories also tell us that there's a downside to this predatory choice. You become a creature of the night, unable to stand in the light of day.
And crosses will confound you.
Some mistakenly think that this is because the cross is a holy symbol, imbued with religious power. But this is wrong. The symbol, like the thing itself, is powerless. And that's the point. That is why vampires can't tolerate it.
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.
It has become fashionable in modern vampire stories to portray these monsters as unaffected or somehow immune to the cross. Don't you believe it. This confusion arose due to the ridiculous, contradictorily cruciform objects being bandied about these days as "crosses." A filigreed gold or bejeweled cross refutes itself, denying its own representation of powerlessness. Likewise the oxymoronic martial crosses — a problem since at least the time of Constantine — that attempt to present themselves as sanctified symbols of power. Crosses like that aren't the least bit disturbing to a vampire — they merely proclaim vampirism by other means. Vampires have been known, in fact, to have such crosses emblazoned on flags, or even to have tattoos of them etched into their undead flesh.

So the apparent immunity of modern vampires to such crosses isn't what it seems. Sacrificial powerlessness still confounds them, but that idea is no longer quite so effectively signified by this particular symbol. I've heard rumor of a vampire not so long ago being turned away by one of Margaret Bourke-White's photographs of Gandhi at his spinning wheel. Fortunately I have not had the occasion, personally, to attempt to repeat this experiment.
As for garlic, well, I'm not really sure what that is supposed to tell us, but I'm open to theories.
vampire  faith  religion  Christianity  clipblog 
march 2019 by ree
The Fabulousness • You don’t have a soul. You *are* a soul. You have...
You don’t have a soul. You *are* a soul. You have a body.

C. S. Lewis
on:tumblr  quote  clipblog  faith  religion 
march 2013 by ree
The Road to Damascus : Robin McKinley
‘Yo, McKinley, you know Who I am, don’t you? It’s time. It’s over time. Stop dithering and follow Me.’
robin_mckinley  christianity  faith  religion  clipblog 
march 2013 by ree
How to suck at your religion - The Oatmeal
"Every time someone has homosexual intercourse, God punishes us by letting Nickelback release another album."
religion  christianity  webcomic  humour  from twitter_favs
july 2012 by ree
High School Student Stands Up Against Prayer at Public School and Is Ostracized, Demeaned and Threatened | | AlterNet
"The next time someone tells you that atheists are selfish and amoral? Remember Damon Fowler. Remember the religious community that bullied him, harassed him, ostracized him, and drove him out.

And remember the atheist community that took him in."
atheism  news  politics  religion  clipblog 
june 2011 by ree
Myths Over Miami - Page 1 - News - Miami - Miami New Times
"Captured on South Beach, Satan later escaped. His demons and the horrible Bloody Mary are now killing people. God has fled. Avenging angels hide out in the Everglades. And other tales from children in Dade's homeless shelters."
news  1990s  children  nightmare_fuel  folklore  religion  reference  clipblog 
may 2011 by ree
Misplaced Nationalism - Television Tropes & Idioms
'There is a rather amusing trend on more laid back sites of having threads discussing politics or religion where even Christians and Satanists talk quite civilly, but every third post has some shell shocked Internet veteran saying "We have to lock this thread before it turns into a Flame War!" A thread like this is often seen as a rite of passage for newer Message Boards.'

I'm so glad that more message boards are hosting this type of civil conversation.
tvtropes  clipblog  nation  world  online  community  religion  faith  notes 
april 2011 by ree
5 Ridiculous Things You Probably Believe About Islam |
"The government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian Religion, as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion or tranquility of Mussulmen [Moslems]."
religion  islam  usa  history  list  clipblog 
december 2010 by ree
LOLCat Bible Translation Project
I have read 1 Cor 13, and I have read Philemon, and now I am in love with this version of the Bible. Srsly.
wiki  lolcat  animal  cat  kitty  bible  christianity  faith  religion  parody  awesome  cherish  notes 
december 2010 by ree
Whatever: Leviticans
"I have nothing against Christianity. I wish more Christians practiced it."
scalzi  religion  christianity  faith  clipblog 
october 2010 by ree
First Bite
This one might be even better than Dark Dungeons. Chick tracts are so silly sometimes.
notes  chicktract  halloween  weird  religion  christianity 
october 2010 by ree
Atheists, agnostics most knowledgeable about religion, survey says -
"Mormons, who are not considered Christians by many fundamentalists, showed greater knowledge of the Bible than evangelical Christians."
religion  mormon  christian  christianity  atheism  agnostic  news  clipblog  statistics 
september 2010 by ree
Room 310
I have this actual Jack Chick tract in my free hand right now. Wiggy. I usually don't see them in the wild.
notes  chicktract  religion  faith  christianity  comicbook  propaganda 
september 2010 by ree
Do Not Taunt Cthulhu - Television Tropes & Idioms
G.K. Chesterton: "Do not invoke the ancient gods, for they annoy very easily."
quote  religion  mythology  tvtropes 
september 2010 by ree
The Evangelical Habitus* » Sociological Images
"In the video below, made by evangelicals, the evangelical habitus is satirized. 'Lost at an evangelical meeting?' the video asks, 'Here’s how to do evangelicalism!'"
religion  christianity  media  clipblog  [video] 
september 2010 by ree
Print - What If Jesus Meant All That Stuff? - Esquire
"I am sorry that so often the biggest obstacle to God has been Christians. Christians who have had so much to say with our mouths and so little to show with our lives. I am sorry that so often we have forgotten the Christ of our Christianity. "
religion  christianity  faith  god  clipblog 
september 2010 by ree
BBC News - Viewpoint: Religious freedom is not tolerance
"Far too many insist on saying the US is a 'Christian' country without considering what that means for those of us who are Americans but not Christian."
clipblog  news  bbc  world  usa  religion  islam  christianity 
september 2010 by ree
The Christian paradox: How a faithful nation gets Jesus wrong—By Bill McKibben (Harper's Magazine)
"America is simultaneously the most professedly Christian of the developed nations and the least Christian in its behavior. That paradox—more important, perhaps, than the much touted ability of French women to stay thin on a diet of chocolate and cheese—illuminates the hollow at the core of our boastful, careening culture."
christianity  christian  religion  faith  hypocrisy  fail  usa  jesus  bible  god  politics  culture  philosophy  essay  clipblog 
july 2009 by ree
Old Earth creationism - Wikipedia
"Most advocates of Old Earth creationism hold that the six days referred to in the creation account given in Genesis are not ordinary 24-hour days, as the Hebrew word for 'day' (yom) can be interpreted in this context to mean a long period of time (thousands or millions of years) rather than a 24-hour day."
wikipedia  religion  faith  christianity  christian  creationism  clipblog 
may 2009 by ree
Play Wisdom Tree Christian games online
It's a good idea to know something about Wisdom Tree before trying their games. You don't want to get your hopes up for nothing.
clipblog  notes  christian  religion  faith  videogame  retrogaming  nintendo  nes  online  java  free  videogames  Wisdom_Tree 
april 2009 by ree » My mom, the Jehovah’s witness. Kinda.
Apparently my late great-grandmother was this sort of woman. I wish I could have known her.
clipblog  family  religion  jehovahs_witnesses 
december 2008 by ree
Keep your volume low, the text highlighted, and your mood goofy, and then read this
videogame  nintendo  snes  earthbound  humour  parody  joke  cult  religion  videogames 
june 2008 by ree
The Bible - Television Tropes & Idioms
The most famed book in the Western world, treated as any other literature and broken down to its tropes. This is awesome and makes my brain hurt all at once. (The Book of Mormon = fan sequel!)
clipblog  bible  christianity  religion  faith  jesus  literature 
may 2008 by ree
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