Genesis 1:26-28

Are Zombies “Green”?

Then God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild beasts of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.  So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.  And God blessed them, and God said to them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild beasts that move upon the earth.”

Genesis 1:26-28

In this passage, humans are given a species wide mandate to rule as benevolent kings (cf. 9:2, Ps 8:5-8, Heb 2:5-9) over animal and plant kingdoms.  In the past few generations, increasing attention has been given to the question, what exactly does it mean to “subdue” the earth?  The Zombie Bible Commentary, though, would like to raise the obvious burning question for zombie enthusiasts, are zombies green?  Zombies are, by most renderings, entirely focused on humans with all other animal and plant life existing simply as scenery.  Likewise, it would be quite difficult to imagine zombies having “dominion” over anything at all.  All of this is obvious, but it is worth going over it so that we can dismiss any notion of zombies having the role of steward over creation that humans do in the language of Genesis.  Even in the highest views of zombie potential, their stewardship would function in a hands-off, let nature get back to nature, approach.

Even if zombies don’t particularly fit the role of having “dominion” over creation as humans are said to have, are they green?  Imagining a world overrun by zombies is almost always focused on the human-zombie conflict; that is, we imagine burnt out buildings, war zone like destruction, and wandering groups of people struggling to survive in a post-societal world.  This would most likely involve environmental destruction similar to other battlefields.  Imagining a scenario in which the zombies win and humans are either extinct or a small minority on the planet, there are definitely some “green” qualities to zombie supremacy: 1) no need for fossil fuels of any kind and 2) no need for agriculture/consumption of large animal populations.  Unless zombies begin to consume other animal life and wipe it out along with human beings, a zombie supremacy would provide the rest of the planet an opportunity for a restart of sorts.  Yes, zombies are quite green and could be quite good for the earth, except that billions of people would have to die in order to bring it out.  Oh well, once we’re zombies we won’t care anyhow.

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