If you’ve ever skimmed through St. Thomas Aquinas’ Summa Theologica, a few thoughts have probably crossed your mind. First, “this is a masterpiece!” followed quickly by, “. . . but why is there no section dealing with a zombie uprising?” . . . the Summa remains unfinished: he died before completing the Third Part, which covers the subject of the end of the world. Perhaps for that reason, Thomas never got around to addressing the moral implications of a Zombie Uprising.
Because the matter is too important not to complete, I humbly submit what I think St. Thomas would (or, perhaps, should) have said on the subject.
Absolutely. The author, writing as Thomas’ amanuensis, then addresses:
Article 1. Whether the souls of those who become zombies are in hell?
Article 2. Whether zombies will experience the bodily resurrection?
While the bodies of zombies are ghastly now, they shall not be so at the resurrection. For Tertullian tells us that as “life is bestowed by God, so is it restored by Him. As we are when we receive it, so are we when we recover it. To nature, not to injury, are we restored; to our state by birth, not to our condition by accident, do we rise again” (De Resurrectione Carnis, 59). Thus, he promises the healing and glorification of the body from “when it is dead, when it is cold, when it is ghastly, when it is stiff, when it is a corpse” (Id.). That the bodies of zombies are ghastly in this life does not mean that they shall not be restored and glorified in the next. As Paul says, the body “is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory.” (1 Cor. 15:43).
Amen to that!
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