Pop culture has a growing fascination with the occult. From zombies and vampires, to Hogwarts and horoscopes, and even witches and Ouija boards — the mystical, unknown and undead seem to dominate TV and movie screens.
While many celebrate this phenomenon, is it appropriate for Christians to get caught up in the zombie zeitgeist?
Apologist and New Testament scholar Jeremiah Johnston discusses paranormal entertainment, conjuring the dead, and “ordained” mediums in a section of his new book Unanswered, a volume intended to shed light on several hot-button topics that loom large within the Church.
By and large, a majority of Americans say they’ve had a personal connection to the paranormal. According to Johnston’s book, 71 percent say they’ve had paranormal experiences, and 37 percent believe in ghosts, while 56 percent believe those ghosts are spirits of the dead.
So is watching paranormal-themed TV shows and movies simply a normal extension of those experiences? After all, the mainstream hit show “The Walking Dead” resonated with more than 22 million viewers during its fifth season premiere alone, and it’s probably safe to say that plenty of those viewers were Christian. Is there any harm in a little paranormal entertainment?