Count Dracula: A Christological analysis of Bram Stoker’s vampire

Dracula and his bride

Count Dracula and his bride

In Bram Stoker’s Dracula (I will be using the Dracula (Penguin Popular Classics) edition in my quotes), the Count is portrayed as possessing supernatural powers which, if we examine closely, are the antithesis of the salvation wrought by Christ on the Cross:

Read more at Monk’s Hobbit: Count Dracula: A Christological analysis of Bram Stoker’s vampire

Advertisements

Was it Simon of Cyrene who was crucified on the cross and not Jesus?

QUESTION by Martin:

This Lenten, I would like to comment about the Catholic fanatics crucifying themselves on the cross. As a form of imitating the suffering of Christ, a friend of mine told me it should first be established that it was actually Christ who was crucified. He argued that the story in the New Testament related that on the way to Golgotha the Cross was taken from Christ by the Roman soldiers and Simon of Cyrene was forced to carry it. It does not say that Simon returned it. So, it could be the case that it was Simon who was really crucified. That’s why when he was there hanging on the Cross, and being a good and charitable person, he asked of God to forgive them, the crucifiers, because they did not know what they were doing. I have reservations about such an argument, and I really am not too conversant about what really took place, not being born nor present at that time yet. And I, as well as my friend, really mean no irreverence and disrespect to what others have to say about the matter. They could have other sources of knowledge my friend was not privy to.

REPLY

Submitted on 2012/04/08 at 11:15 am | In reply to martin.

Martin,

Here are the verses in the Bible about Simon of Cyrene:

“As they led him away they took hold of a certain Simon, a Cyrenian, who was coming in from the country; and after laying the cross on him, they made him carry it behind Jesus.27A large crowd of people followed Jesus, including many women who mourned and lamented him.28n Jesus turned to them and said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep instead for yourselves and for your children,29for indeed, the days are coming when people will say, ‘Blessed are the barren, the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed.’30 At that time people will say to the mountains, ‘Fall upon us!’ and to the hills, ‘Cover us!’o31 for if these things are done when the wood is green what will happen when it is dry?” 32Now two others, both criminals, were led away with him to be executed.The Crucifixion.p33When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him and the criminals there, one on his right, the other on his left.q” (Lk 23:26-33)

The pronoun “him” who was crucified refers to the closest preceding male noun mentioned. That noun is Jesus; Simon is too far. The Roman soldiers would not be too stupid to crucify Simon of Cyrene, because Jesus Christ is unmistakable: he has a crown of thorns, he was scourged, and everybody knows him as a prophet. The Jewish priests who want to kill Jesus must make sure that the person crucified is the right man. Mary and John was there beneath Jesus’ cross. There can be no doubt that it was Jesus who was crucified and not Simon of Cyrene.

Was Jesus forsaken by God on the cross? A study of Psalm 22

QUESTION:

Posted by Ben on September 17, 2011 at 11:43 am

btw, what can explain about the ‘man-on-the-cross’ (e.i. Jesus — according to you who believe it was him) has said:

*”Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour.

* And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”

– Matthew 27:45-46

imagine this —>>> Jesus was forsaken by God! Huhuwahuwahahahaha! can’t help my self but —- Laugh Out Loud! hwahahahahaha! :-)

RESPONSE:

 Quirino M. Sugon Jr on September 17, 2011 at 7:50 pm

Ben,

Jesus is speaking the words in Psalm 22:

“My God, my God, why have you abandoned me? Why so far from my call for help, from my cries of anguish?” (Ps 22:2)

If you read the psalm carefully, you will see how the psalm describes the suffering of Christ:

But I am a worm, hardly human, scorned by everyone, despised by the people. 8 All who see me mock me; they curl their lips and jeer; they shake their heads at me: 9 “You relied on the LORD–let him deliver you; if he loves you, let him rescue you.” (Ps 22:7-9)

This is fulfilled when the following verse of Matthew 27:

Those passing by reviled him, shaking their heads 40 r and saying, “You who would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save yourself, if you are the Son of God, [and] come down from the cross!”41 Likewise the chief priests with the scribes and elders mocked him and said,42 “He saved others; he cannot save himself. So he is the king of Israel!* Let him come down from the cross now, and we will believe in him. 43 * s He trusted in God; let him deliver him now if he wants him. For he said, ‘I am the Son of God.’” (Mt 27:39-43)

Here’s another verse that describes his ordeal as he hung on the cross:

Like water my life drains away; all my bones grow soft. My heart has become like wax, it melts away within me. 16 5 As dry as a potsherd is my throat; my tongue sticks to my palate; you lay me in the dust of death. 17 Many dogs surround me; a pack of evildoers closes in on me. So wasted are my hands and feet 18 that I can count all my bones. (Ps 22:15-18)

His garments were divided by lots as predicted by the Psalm:

19 They divide my garments among them; for my clothing they cast lots. (Ps 22:19)
After they had crucified him, they divided his garments* by casting lots;36 then they sat down and kept watch over him there. (Mt 27:25-26)

You can laugh out loud, but the Psalm does not end in death, but in a prayer of hope for God’s deliverance:

“You who fear the LORD, give praise! All descendants of Jacob, give honor; show reverence, all descendants of Israel!25 7 For God has not spurned or disdained the misery of this poor wretch, Did not turn away from me, but heard me when I cried out. (Ps 22:24-25)

In the end, Christ rose from the dead in the fulfillment of Scriptures.

Jan Leeroy New wins in Ateneo Art Awards 2009: mockery of Catholic iconography as modern art

Outside the Ateneo Art Gallery, perched on the second floor is a statue of an alien: a nude female Gollum with bald head, large eyes, and four breasts.  It is colored gray but the paint drips to the white rock where it stands–if rock it was–more like four rounded breasts lumped together.  It is grinning with malice. (picture here)

The artist is Jan Leeroy New who recently won the Ateneo Art Awards:

Three young artists were declared winners of the 2009 Ateneo Art Awards: The Next Wave during a well-attended ceremony at the Grand Atrium of the Shangri-la Plaza on Shaw Boulevard on August 13, 2009.

Now on its seventh year the Ateneo Art Awards has positioned itself as one of the most prestigious art prizes in the Philippine contemporary art scene. The three winners, who bested nine other finalists, are:

• Kiri Dalena for her exhibit Keeping the Faith at the Lopez Memorial Museum,
• Jan Leeroy New for Terratoma II (War of the Worlds) exhibited at Singapore Biennale 2008, Singapore City Hall, and
• Patricia Eustaquio for Death to the Major Viva Minor exhibited at Slab.

(Ateneo de Manila University website)

According to Philippine Star, “Jan Leeroy New’s sculptures are intergalactic aliens taking over the world, transforming sci-fi mythology into the here and now, welcoming us Earthlings into our own land, with our buildings, icons and landscapes made eerie and hyperreal.”

I found Leeroy New’s multiply site.  I saw the pictures of the sculptures.  Under the veneer of science fiction, it is the Catholic Faith they mock.

Take for example, the album “Santo-santohan” .  In Filipino, a doubling of the word sometimes mean an imitation or a play of the real thing.  Example, bahay-bahayan is to make a little house and pretend you are a mother cooking.  So Santo-santohan is a play on holy things.

  • Santo Nino is undressed.  The globe he is holding is gone.  (Copy of santo nino.jpg)
  • Christ is a nude female in cruciform position.  His legs are pink. (christ figure front.jpg)
  • The Sacred Heart of Jesus is a black man with red heart.  (black heart1.jpg)
  • A martyr is a smiling chopped-off head (Martyr1.jpg)

The album “Relief Works” has more parodies of the Sacred Heart.

There is also another album named “Santo-Santohan“:

  • The Blessed Sacrament in the Adoration chapel melts like candy.  The adorers are rolling heads (boston exhibit1.jpg)
  • Three figures of Mary stepping on the snake on a globe.  Mary is nude with breasts down to her legs.  (tresmarias.jpg)

In the album “Tampo+Lapuk” has some pictures of saints:

  • A bishop saint has no arms and head.  In place of its head is his gnarled mitre. (santos.jpg)
  • An antique statue of a bishop.  The wood is rotting.   (santos2.jpg)

These sculptures are not Catholic and they mock the Catholic Faith.  These art works should not be shown in a Catholic university such as the Ateneo de Manila University and even honored as work of art.  True art creates and edifies.  False art mocks.  Sam once asked Frodo: “Don’t orcs eat, and don’t they drink?  Or do they just live on foul air and poison?”  And Frodo replied:

No, they eat and drink, Sam.  The Shadow that bred them can only mock, it cannot make: not real new things of its own. Idon’t think it gave life to the orcs, it only ruined them and twisted them; and if they are to life at all, they have to live like other living creatures.  Foul waters and foul meats they’ll take, if they can get no better, but not poison.  They’ve fed me, and so I’m better off than you.  (Return of the King p. 201)