By David Albert Jones
During this energetic and concise Very brief advent, David Albert Jones offers a crisp, broad-ranging survey of angels in theology, philosophy, and pop culture.
Focusing on Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, he examines how angels were imagined and defined in addition to why they proceed to captivate us. Jones explores the classical discussion--what they're made from, once they got here to be, and the way many there are. He names the archangels, surveys the various hierarchies, and examines how they've got replaced over the years. He seems to be at why the assumption of angels continues to be so effective in sleek tradition, even between non-believers.
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With the rising of the sun, we again see the situation from the vantage point of the zombie-killing posse, who are grimly but effectively carrying out their work. They pursue the undead across fields and easily pick them off. ” Back in the farmhouse, Ben hears their gunshots and barking dogs and emerges from his hiding place to peer at them through a window. qxd 5/10/2006 1:33 PM Page 34 34 / Gospel of the Living Dead him, takes aim, and shoots him in the head. Thus ends our protagonist, not going out fighting, not even the victim of the monstrous zombies, but just someone killed by mistake by careless, trigger-happy humans.
The utter savagery and brutality of the people in the film are in their own way much more shocking than anything the zombies do. What the film does, essentially, is present a scenario, like Lord of the Flies (novel, 1954; films, 1963 and 1990),48 that takes the idea of original sin seriously, showing how depraved, violent, and predatory people would be to one another if they really were fundamentally sinful. What goes on in the farmhouse in Night of the Living Dead is cynical and horrifying, but it is not unorthodox or even surprising.
The authorities are here to retake control, as the doctor predicted, but they are not up to the task. In one part of the building, when the police and National Guard find the hiding place of the zombies, they are immediately overwhelmed by the hordes of the undead and are driven back; in another part of the building, officers work their way upstairs unimpeded. qxd 5/10/2006 1:33 PM Page 48 48 / Gospel of the Living Dead In all of this chaos, we follow one SWAT team member, a blondehaired young man named Roger.
Angels: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) by David Albert Jones