Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Christ the Lord: The Road to Cana

Back in high-school I fell in love with Anne Rice's vampire novels. It was my attempt to be gothic. Her fantastic characters fit into the real world so seamlessly due to Rice's deep research about the histories these characters were set in. When writing about vampires, the characters tend to be extremely old. I jumped on board about the time the fourth book came out and waited a couple of years before the next one was released. Returning to that universe, I remember feeling like I was meeting old friends again.

There was an element of that when I read Rice's second book in her new series - Christ the Lord: The Road to Cana. There is no cross over with her previous series, it was that Anne Rice's writing is so familiar to me that Christ's narrative brought back that quality story telling. This time no worries about any corruption of my soul.

I thought this was much better than the first book. I can't imagine how difficult it must have been to write from the P.O.V. of Christ, but I think Rice captures His voice masterfully. I was surprised to find myself feeling sorry for Jesus through the first half. In the 2nd half, however, we see a transformation that reminded me of Neo in the Matrix. The dialog between He and Satan in the desert was interesting in that Jesus was portrayed as having the upper hand, not something that I think is traditionally taught with the passage. It usually seems like Jesus' ability to resist temptation was the victory in the desert. In this book He clearly out maneuvers the devil conversationally. Basically, Jesus verbally kicked his ass. I loved the way Rice planted characters from the biblical account throughout the story. She is a master storyteller.

She's still writing about immortals.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Is Type-O-Negative Christian?

Type O Negative's latest album, Dead Again, contains many religious themes which isn't unique for Type O Negative. However, this time round those themes are not portrayed in a mocking way or sexual way as they have been in previous albums by Type-O. The religious themes in Dead Again are actually quite positive and supportive. It appears the band, or at least their front-man has had some changes in his life...
look at these lyrics...

These Three Things by Type O Negative
The child is torn
From the womb unbaptised
There's no question
It's infanticide
I'm guilty so therefore condemned
Destroying angels must come to an end
Now in limbo
Deprived of paradise
That's not so nice

At the end I'll escort you to hell
The dark one's forces
Lock your flaming cell
To murder the ones unborn
The worst sin you've ever performed
There are two other things I will tell
Know them well

With due respect
Hear these words of caution
If considering an abortion
If you dig boiling sulphur
To which I will not concur
Leading to a path of misfortune
No one won

Of a land that shuns the son
So alien call it Area 5-1
Should there be failure to convert Zion
What came as a lamb
Returning as a lion

Not a nation but a self proclaim-ed state
Since the year of our lord 1-9-4-8
The road to redemption leads through deserts
Rocky though the trip through is well worth it

I am the duel of the fisherman Simon
He brought alpha, omega, yes I'm the one
The twins fell beginning Armadgeddon
So the whore too who dwelleth in Babylon
All his people gathered round
Through forgiveness salvation found

hear the song here...

Some people think that scream (at 10:18 in the above video) is Peter saying "I'M A CHRISTIAN!".
Also, look at this...
from Wiki - Peter Steele
In April 2007, Steele revealed that he began identifying himself as Roman Catholic in recent years, after decades of self-professed atheism. In an interview with Decibel magazine, Steele explains “There are no atheists in foxholes, they say, and I was a foxhole atheist for a long time. But after going through a midlife crisis and having many things change very quickly, it made me realize my mortality. And when you start to think about death, you start to think about what’s after it. And then you start hoping there is a God. For me, it’s a frightening thought to go nowhere. I also can’t believe that people like Stalin and Hitler are gonna go to the same place as Mother Teresa.”[7]
What do you think?

On a different note (see what I did there), at around 12:18 of the youtube cut, you can hear the lead guitar playing the Hey Jude riff, as Type O Negative are all HUGE fans of the Beatles.
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