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The Gospel of Stephen King
Is this a vampire from Stephen King’s “Salem’s Lot” movie or a character from one of the author’s "sermons"? Both, pastors say.
June 2nd, 2012
10:00 PM ET

The Gospel of Stephen King

By John Blake, CNN

(CNN) - When the horror novelist Stephen King was once asked why he wrote such gross stories, he said he did it because he had the heart of a small boy - which he kept in a jar on his desk.

With his beady eyes and I-just-killed-the-cat grin, King looks and sounds like a horror novelist. But when the Rev. Paul F.M. Zahl read several of King’s novels, he learned something new about the author: There’s a lot of faith behind his fright.

Zahl says some of the most stirring affirmations of Christian faith can be found in the chilling stories of King. The horror master has been preaching sermons to millions of readers for years, only most of King’s fans don’t know it, he says.

“People tend to think that Stephen King is anti-religious because he is a horror writer, but that’s completely mistaken,” says Zahl, a retired Episcopal priest who has written about King’s religious sensibility for Christianity Today magazine. “Several of his books are parables of grace in action.”

Want to read a powerful meditation on Jesus’ sacrificial love? Check out how King links the death of the mammoth death row inmate John Coffey (note the initials, J.C.) to Jesus’ crucifixion in “The Green Mile.” King’s “Storm of the Century” is a creepy retelling of Jesus’ eerie encounter with the demon called “Legion” in the  Gospel of Mark’s fifth chapter. And King’s epic apocalyptic novel, “The Stand,” reads like a contemporary retelling of the Book of Revelation, with a little Exodus thrown in, Zahl says.

Zahl’s claim about King's faith may sound ludicrous. King, who just released his latest novel, “The Wind Through the Keyhole,” has written at least 50 horror novels such as “Carrie” and “Misery.”

Yet there is an actual body of literature devoted to King’s religious sensibility. Several pastors and authors say King displays a sophisticated grasp of theology in his books, and his stories are stuffed with biblical references and story lines taken straight from the Bible.

“If God brought lawsuits, Stephen King would face a charge of plagiarism,” says J.M. Rawbone, an English horror novelist who has written an essay about the Christian themes in “The Stand.”

King, whose publicist did not answer a request for an interview, has talked about his faith before. He describes himself as a Christian on his website and elsewhere has said he was raised as a “hard-nosed” Methodist taught to believe in the Antichrist.

Some of his literary influences are Christian authors. In one interview, King said he was shaped by C.S. Lewis, author of “The Chronicles of Narnia,” and J.R.R. Tolkien, author of “The Lord of the Rings.” Both Lewis and Tolkien were devout Christians who layered their fiction with Christian themes.

“I’ve always tried to contrast that bright, white light of real goodness or Godliness against evil,” he said in a 1988 interview. “I’m not a proselytizer, and I hate organized religion. I think it’s one of the roots of real evil that’s in the world. If you really unmask Satan, you’ll probably find that he’s wearing a turnaround collar.”

The best way, though, to understand King’s faith is not through his words, but through his stories. There are at least three biblical themes that run through them.

A child shall lead them

Every horror writer seems to write a vampire story eventually, and King is no exception. “Salem’s Lot” is one of King’s most popular novels. It depicts a vampire’s attempt to colonize a modern-day New England town.

Traditional vampire stories are loaded with Christian symbolism, but King inserts another biblical theme into “Salem’s Lot” that would reoccur in many of his books.

It comes in a scene showing a standoff between a priest and vampire. Father Callahan tries to protect a teenage boy with him by brandishing a cross. The vampire dares the priest to toss the cross away and face him on faith alone.

Father Callahan hesitates, his faith long diluted by alcohol and skepticism. The vampire wrenches the cross from the priest’s hands, while the boy escapes and becomes one of the vampire’s most formidable enemies.

When the Rev. David Squyres read this passage from “Salem’s Lot,” one of Jesus’ most popular sayings flashed before him: “… Unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”

In the moral universe of King, children get God better than the adults, Squyres says.

“The vampire humiliates the priest because the priest doesn’t have real faith, but the kid has real faith,” says Squyres, pastor of the Palms Baptist Church near Palm Springs, California.

“The priest represents the Pharisees. They believe in relics. But the children, and the teenager, have a simple faith. They don’t put their trust in institutions. They trust in the Lord,” says Squyres, who has written about King’s Christian sensibility at his website, "talkstephenking."

Many of King’s most popular novels are filled with young heroines driven by faith. It’s a reflection of a famous passage from the Book of Isaiah in the Old Testament: “And a little child shall lead them.”

In “The Talisman” and “It,” King features adolescent heroes who risk their lives battling evil, according to Marylaine Block, who wrote about King’s religious sensibility in an essay called "Something Wicked This Way Comes."

“In both novels, the adults are incapable of understanding the evil that is about to envelop and destroy their world. They see the signs, but choose not to understand them. Only the children know what is happening, and know that it is up to them to save the people they care about,” she wrote.

God can be cruel

King’s most explicit Christian novel is “Desperation,” which features another adolescent hero driven by faith. The boy, David, is converted by a miracle and prays to God for help. King depicts his faith without irony and with reverence.

“Desperation,” though, contains an unusual description of God that reveals some heavy theology from King, several pastors say. During the bloody climax of the story, a character tells the boy that God is “cruel.”

That line caught the attention of Zahl, the Episcopal priest. It speaks to what he calls “the answerable sovereignty of God.”

Zahl says King is depicting a side of God that’s woven into the Bible. It is not the God whose eye is on the sparrow, but the Holy Other, incomprehensible, the one who allowed Job to suffer.

It’s the same side of God that the narrator in “The Green Mile” reflects on when he reminisces about the death of the innocent John Coffey, the Christ-like figure who never hurt anyone, but perished while a villainous guard lived on.

Zahl points to this passage from ”The Green Mile”:

“Yet this same God sacrificed John Coffey, who tried only to do good in his blind way, as savagely as an Old Testament prophet ever sacrificed a defenseless lamb. ...  If it happens, God lets it happen, and when we say, ‘I don’t understand,’ God replies, ‘I don’t care.’ ”

Zahl says King can say things about God in books that pastors can’t say in the pulpit. In King’s novels, people often suffer while doing good.

“Americans generally want to hear that everything is really terrific all the time,” Zahl says. “Americans want to control and manage everything, and they’re eager for anything that pumps them up. When you preach a message from the Bible that life is much more difficult, and there’s a huge amount of suffering, those messages don’t always go down well.”

'God chose the weak things'

As a teenager, King used to collect scrapbooks filled with newspaper clippings detailing the crimes of serial killers, says Stanley Wiater, co-author of “The Complete Stephen King Universe: A Guide to the Worlds of Stephen King.”

King's mother grew so concerned that one day she asked him why he kept the scrapbook.

Wiater says King answered with: “I think there’s evil out there. I want to know what it is, so when it comes, I can recognize it and get out of the way.”

In King’s books, characters can’t avoid evil. They have to confront it, but they often don’t fit the conventional definition of heroes.

“The Stand,” another explicitly Christian novel, illustrates this pattern. A plague has wiped out mankind, and a group of unarmed survivors are dispatched via a vision from God to confront a satanic figure called the Darkman.

The group seems to have no chance. One is an elderly, genial professor; another a deaf mute, and a third figure is a genial man with the mental capacity of a child. Against them: the Darkman’s ruthless army, which literally crucified its foes.

The makeup of the group underscores another popular religious theme in King’s work that’s reflected in this line from the apostle Paul in the first Book of Corinthians: “God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.”

Zahl, the Episcopal priest, says so many heroes in King’s books are broken people: physically frail, alcoholic, disabled and lonely. Even the evil people are rendered with compassion.

“King understands grace at a deep level,” says Zahl, author of  "Grace in Practice." “He typically concentrates on the marginalized and the outsiders who ultimately carry the day. God often does his work where people are the most messed up.”

King may have converted Zahl, but the priest and others admit there’s a risk invoking the horror novelist in the pulpit.

When Zahl mentions King in church, he says many listeners think first of books they want to keep away from teenagers.

Still, there are secret converts.

“Half of the other people in the congregation have read Stephen King, though they may not want to shout it out to the world,” he says. “They know what I’m talking about. They come up later and they say I’m really thrilled that you know about him.”

The doubters shouldn’t be surprised that King’s stories contain religious themes, says Rawbone, the English horror novelist and author of "Bunker."

The Bible is filled with terror: demons, ghosts, floods wiping out mankind and the rising of the dead.

“Good horror examines the struggle between good and evil,” he says. “The Bible is the history of that struggle.

“The Bible is in many ways the ultimate horror novel.”

- CNN Writer

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soundoff (1,461 Responses)
  1. JoJo

    Got to love the nutjob who posts in everyone of these Faith articles that atheism is bad for children. Again, does God want brainwashed sheep who don't make their OWN decision in their OWN heart? I guess he/it/she does! Indoctrinating children into YOUR beliefs at an early age is BRAINWASHING. You've taken their choice from them. Just more proof that you people are insane. The moron even says 'You are here. there is proof".. as if that's proof of anything. INDOCTRINATING CHILDREN = BRAINWASHING. You can spin it any way you like, but it's still a fact no matter how you deny or try to misconstrue it. You are making the choice for them.. because you can't admit the truth: you want your children to believe what you believe and you'll brainwash them to do it and make no apologies whatsoever, even though in your twisted minds and hearts you KNOW it's the truth! It's not God's will! It's YOUR will! End of story.

    June 3, 2012 at 8:13 am |
    • Follower of Christ

      i am sorry to say but your entire post is idiotic. So basically according to your logic, you shouldn't teach kids anything. You should just feed them and pretty much let them make every decision on their own. Because if you teach them you are brainwashing them? Are you serious? When a child is young they dont know right from wrong which is why you teach them the difference. Only a blinded fool will get angry at someone who teaches their chil that their is a Creator who created all of creation.

      June 3, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  2. j

    Yeah, Hey Stephen, on the Judgement Day, I wanna see you get into Heaven with your "faith"

    June 3, 2012 at 8:12 am |
    • Catnippy

      Yeah, "J," I'd like to see you get into heaven with your judgmentalness and your idea that you know better than anyone else–even God.

      June 3, 2012 at 8:23 am |
  3. Calm Dog

    I don't play golf. I know that there are people who do, although the whole thing seems kind of silly to me. These people love the game and everything about it. They love to go and practice it on a Sunday. They love to talk about it with each other. Golf terms creep into their daily conversation, and they have elevated the game to something more than what it actually is. In its basic form, it's just a bunch of people hitting a ball with sticks. Nothing more. Nothing more. But if they enjoy that, it's fine. If it gives them some pleasure or helps them to relax, if it provides companionship with others who think the same way, have at it. Just don't tell me about it. It's simply a game.

    June 3, 2012 at 8:08 am |
    • Frank

      Just don't force "In Golf we trust" on our currency and become tax exempt while meddling in our politics and telling your golf buddies how to vote, etc.

      June 3, 2012 at 8:39 am |
    • Lance

      You can't have it both ways, Calm Dog. Either it is "nothing more" than hitting balls with sticks. Or it gives some people joy and relaxation–in which case it IS something more.

      June 3, 2012 at 9:24 am |
  4. James

    Anyone who has read books like 'Rose Madder', 'Insomnia' and 'Delores Claiborne' and thinks they are not spiritual in nature must have read different books than I did. I think SK is a brilliant writer that does not get his just due primarily because of his genre. My hope is that history will treat him as the literary genius he is.

    June 3, 2012 at 8:08 am |
    • Sandra Chapin

      Couldn't agree more,James. King is a great novelist and deserves more literary praise than he receives. The religious themes that run through many of his works reflect the age old belief of good triumphing over evil. And King certainly congers up some evil. I have been reading his work for about 40 years. He is the best at the type of work he does. In my mind,he is right up there with Poe.

      June 3, 2012 at 8:19 am |
  5. Guest

    Wow.. sad that a simple article can show how much love and hate their is in the world hu?? Maybe that was the point the article was trying to make.. Perhaps some of you should have actually "Read and Listed" to what they were saying instead of making assumptions that King was a religious man or that he preached religion in his books.. How about if you actually paid attention to the article it stated that religious or not he's books mimicked stories from the bible.. and that maybe some of us or all of us should be so humble to have a little fear and faith in something (even if it's just yourself...) to overcome the Demons and cruelty that is in the world.

    June 3, 2012 at 8:03 am |
  6. Lance

    The author's intent is secondary. I think the article is simply pointing out consistant Christian themes that exist throughout the body of King's work. That is how literary criticism works.

    June 3, 2012 at 7:58 am |
  7. Elliott Carlin

    Uh Oh, Steven King says he's a Christian and suddenly he's no longer a genius to a lot of people. Such bigotry. LOL

    June 3, 2012 at 7:57 am |
  8. KG

    Tolkein stated flatly that he did not intentionally weave his Catholic faith into anything he wrote. He DID say that the life experience of any author must necessarily influence their writing. The dead bodies in the marshes around Mordor were an example of this – Tolkein fought in the wet trenches of WWI and saw many a submerged dead body staring at the sky. The point of this article is that King, who was raised in a strict Methodist family, weaves much of his early upbringing into his novels. I wish people would read an article and use its entire context when commenting.

    June 3, 2012 at 7:56 am |
  9. Dan

    Stephen King likes fiction. Next.

    June 3, 2012 at 7:53 am |
    • Fifi

      LOL!!!

      June 3, 2012 at 8:15 am |
  10. Justin Brown

    Let us not forget that all the stories in the bible are adapted from stories that already existed long before the bible was written. These stories touch very fundamental places in human psychology, and that's why they are so powerful and prevalent in literature.

    June 3, 2012 at 7:52 am |
  11. martog

    Rather than inculcating our children with the primary-color simple Sunday school legends and myths most people do, might I suggest the following ten comandments to enable them to think for themselves.
    1. DO NOT automatically believe something just because a parent, priest, rabbi or minister tells you that you must.
    2. DO NOT think that claims about magic and the supernatural are more likely true because they are written in old books. That makes them less likely true.
    3. DO analyze claims about religion with the same critical eye that you would claims about money, political positions or social issues.
    4. DO NOT accept it when religious leaders tell you it is wrong to question, doubt or think for yourself. It never is. Only those selling junk cars get frightened when you want to "look under the hood".
    5. DO decouple morality from a belief in the supernatural, in any of its formulations (Christianity, Judaism, Islam etc.). One can be moral without believing in gods, ghosts and goblins and believing in any of them does not make one moral.
    6. DO a bit of independent research into whatever book you were brought up to believe in. Who are its authors and why should I believe them in what they say? How many translations has it gone through? Do we have originals, or only edited copies of copies of copies– the latter is certainly true for every single book in the Bible.
    7. DO realize that you are only a Christian (or Hindu or Jew) because of where you were born. Were you lucky enough to be born in the one part of the World that “got it right”?
    8. DO NOT be an apologist or accept the explanation “your mind is too small to understand the greatness of god” or “god moves in mysterious ways” when you come upon logical inconsistencies in your belief. A retreat to mysticism is the first refuge of the cornered wrong.
    9. DO understand where your religion came from and how it evolved from earlier beliefs to the point you were taught it. Are you lucky enough to be living at that one point in history where we “got it right”?
    10. DO educate yourself on the natural Universe, human history and the history of life on Earth, so as to be able to properly evaluate claims that a benevolent, mind-reading god is behind the whole thing.
    I sometimes think that, if we first taught our children these simple guidelines, any religion or other supernatural belief would be quickly dismissed by them as quaint nostalgia from a bygone era. I hope we get there as a species.

    Oh, and now someone will copy my sign on name...call me names and have absolutely no logical,rational way to refute anything I posted. Yes, he/she is indeed a 'good christian'

    June 3, 2012 at 7:52 am |
    • justwondering

      I will give credence to all of these if you can answer just one thing for me – how do you rationally explain your love for your wife and children?

      June 3, 2012 at 8:03 am |
    • CCox67

      I really like this – thanks!

      June 3, 2012 at 8:07 am |
    • Hitchens

      @ccox
      Then give your kudos to the original poster not this wanna be poser.

      June 3, 2012 at 8:09 am |
    • simple

      1. DO NOT automatically believe something just because a scientist, skeptic, philosopher tells you that you must.
      
2. DO NOT think that claims about science and the natural world are more likely true because they are written in new books. That makes them less likely true. Theories change rapidly.

      3. DO analyze claims about science with the same critical eye that you would claims about money, political positions or social issues.

      4. DO NOT accept it when scientists tell you it is wrong to question, doubt or think for yourself. It never is. Only those selling junk cars get frightened when you want to "look under the hood".

      5. DO decouple morality from a belief in humanism, in any of its formulations. One cannot be moral without believing it has a purpose.
      
6. DO a bit of independent research into whatever book you were brought up to believe in.
      
7. DO realize that you are only an atheist because of where you were born. Were you lucky enough to be born in the one part of the World that “got it right”? Hardly any cultural philosophies allow for it.
      
8. DO NOT be an apologist or accept the explanation “your mind is too small to understand the greatness of science” or “evolution moves in mysterious ways” when you come upon logical inconsistencies in your belief. A retreat to "you just don't understand" is the first refuge of the arrogant.

      9. DO understand where your philosophy came from and how it evolved from earlier thoughts to the point you were taught it. Are you lucky enough to be living at that one point in history where we “got it right”?

      10. DO educate yourself on the natural Universe, human history and the history of life on Earth, so as to be able to properly evaluate claims that an amoral, uncaring, blind chance process brought all of it, including your capacity to feel and think, into existence.

      June 3, 2012 at 8:13 am |
    • martog

      I love my wife because she exists. I cannot love things that don't exist. I'm sure that's not what you're looking for.
      Also, yes, give thanks to Colin for posting thing originally. That's all good. Please repost often as well. It seems this arrow finds a lot of targets!

      June 3, 2012 at 8:14 am |
    • Hitchens

      You are a phony and a poser.

      June 3, 2012 at 8:19 am |
    • justwondering

      Martog – please show her your reply, and also explain to her when you make love it is an animal impulse grounded in your instinct to reproduce and has nothing to do with any sense of tenderness for her or love (because that is just a made-up construct we use to define a certain chemical response in our bodies).

      June 3, 2012 at 8:19 am |
    • 250,000 sperm

      and martog is the one that got through? There has to be a God ! can you imagine a lesser result?

      June 3, 2012 at 8:21 am |
    • KJHill67

      What about when she no longer exists??? Do you stop loving her when she dies? Poof – just like that??

      June 3, 2012 at 8:34 am |
  12. Dana

    Remove brain. Insert dogma.

    June 3, 2012 at 7:47 am |
  13. Dana

    It must be make-believe day again.

    June 3, 2012 at 7:45 am |
  14. Dan

    Believing in imaginary people can be frightening.

    June 3, 2012 at 7:44 am |
    • not as frightening

      as believing in you

      June 3, 2012 at 8:10 am |
  15. Michael

    S. King is a "writer" having pathological ideas about human race, enticing violence through pervert and morbid behavior.

    June 3, 2012 at 7:42 am |
    • gabe

      moron....

      June 3, 2012 at 8:21 am |
    • Michael

      Right on! He's a moron...and those who like his books are nothing less then sociopaths..no wonder majority of 300 millions are mentally sick

      June 3, 2012 at 8:24 am |
  16. martog

    Top Ten Signs You're a Christian
    10 – You vigorously deny the existence of thousands of gods claimed by other religions, but feel outraged when someone denies the existence of yours.
    9 – You feel insulted and "dehumanized" when scientists say that people evolved from other life forms, but you have no problem with the Biblical claim that we were created from dirt.
    8 – You laugh at polytheists, but you have no problem believing in a Triune God.
    7 – Your face turns purple when you hear of the "atrocities" attributed to Allah, but you don't even flinch when hearing about how God/Jehovah slaughtered all the babies of Egypt in "Exodus" and ordered the elimination of entire ethnic groups in "Joshua" including women, children, and trees!
    6 – You laugh at Hindu beliefs that deify humans, and Greek claims about gods sleeping with women, but you have no problem believing that the Holy Spirit impregnated Mary, who then gave birth to a man-god who got killed, came back to life and then ascended into the sky.
    5 – You are willing to spend your life looking for little loopholes in the scientifically established age of Earth (few billion years), but you find nothing wrong with believing dates recorded by Bronze Age tribesmen sitting in their tents and guessing that Earth is a few generations old.
    4 – You believe that the entire population of this planet with the exception of those who share your beliefs – though excluding those in all rival sects – will spend Eternity in an infinite Hell of Suffering. And yet consider your religion the most "tolerant" and "loving."
    3 – While modern science, history, geology, biology, and physics have failed to convince you otherwise, some idiot rolling around on the floor speaking in "tongues" may be all the evidence you need to "prove" Christianity.
    2 – You define 0.01% as a "high success rate" when it comes to answered prayers. You consider that to be evidence that prayer works. And you think that the remaining 99.99% FAILURE was simply the will of God.
    1 – You actually know a lot less than many atheists and agnostics do about the Bible, Christianity, and church history – but still call yourself a Christian.

    June 3, 2012 at 7:37 am |
    • martog

      I'm also an idiot and a bigot because I have nothing better to do Sunday morning than to wake up at 5 a.m. and post my hatred on the internet.

      But you all knew that.

      Didn't you?

      June 3, 2012 at 7:41 am |
    • AtheistSteve

      I'm an idiot, too!

      Welcome, fellow bigot moron comrade!

      June 3, 2012 at 7:42 am |
    • martog

      And you're awake at 5am just to pretend to be me, call me names, and have absulotely no logicaal or rational response to what I posted. Hmmmm, I'm sure that's just what Jesus would do. Yea, You're a 'good christian' for sure!

      June 3, 2012 at 7:46 am |
    • Imustbetheonlyone

      Wow, kind of funny. Not sure how you define a Christian – but I define one as one who has been forgiven and redeemed by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. And so I claim that I am a Christian. However, I don't "do" any of your so-called 10 signs. I know you are trying to be all trendy athiestic, and partially clever – and perhaps patting yourself on the back for your advanced rational approach to your existence. But you need to do some more research on what being a follower of Christ really means. However, I think you know, otherwise you would not be able to parody it so well. Nevertheless, vocatus atque non vocatus deus aderit.

      June 3, 2012 at 7:57 am |
    • NickA

      Did all this venting make you feel better? Did making your own little list of the ten assumptions make you feel special? Good for you little boy.

      June 3, 2012 at 8:04 am |
    • martog

      Imustbetheonlyone Seems like you define 'christian' as whatever you want it to be. You either beleive in the bible...all of it, both old and new, every verse every chapter, every line,,,,,or it's all bunk. You CANNOT pick and choose and then just believe whatever you wanna believe, leaving out the parts you don't like, or don't fit your life. You are the parody of a christian.

      June 3, 2012 at 8:04 am |
    • martog

      Hi NickA, can you refute with facts one thing I posted.....or can you just call me names like all the other 'good christians'? Seems like your the immature one here......

      June 3, 2012 at 8:06 am |
    • Hitchens

      @nick
      Martog copied the list from someone else it did not and does not think for itself.

      June 3, 2012 at 8:08 am |
    • martog

      Yes, it was originally, as far as I can tell, posted by Colin. of course it doesn't make it any less true. Can you think for yourself? And oh wow, calling me 'it' is just so 'good christian' of you.

      June 3, 2012 at 8:10 am |
    • Hitchens

      It makes you a phony which is good for all to know.

      June 3, 2012 at 8:11 am |
    • Godislove

      Why so anxious, Martog? Nobody's provoking you on this one.

      June 3, 2012 at 8:14 am |
    • 250,000 sperm

      and Martog is the one that got through?

      June 3, 2012 at 8:18 am |
    • martog

      Yep I got through. I guess the best part of you fell on the floor

      June 3, 2012 at 8:19 am |
    • Kara

      Very well said! So refreshing to read a comment here that is thoughtful and so well articulated. Thank you. I do think I'll copy this for future reference

      June 3, 2012 at 8:19 am |
    • relieved

      And Martog demonstrates why I could never be an atheist. They always claim to be "rational" – and yet they are always arrogant, intolerant, and their first response to criticism is to find an insult or putdown. Kind of funny – they act the way they always claim believers act.

      June 3, 2012 at 8:22 am |
    • Pragmatist

      Atheist and Fundamentalist Christians who post here are much more alike than different. They have a very big ego and seem to KNOW all the answers. Based on my observations as a human if I had to bet, I would bet god does not exist, but at the same time I have seen so many things that put enough doubt in my mind I am not sure. So in a way I believe god does exist. But either way one thing I absolutely know is that Humans can be mistaken, and also will lie for their own benefit or power. I also know billions of weak minded individuals will follow to be part of something. And yes that includes the Atheist movement. Ever see people wildly cheering for political leaders. Case in point, why. So if you are on here and you think you know everything ask yourselves these questions. Whatever happened to global cooling? What ever happened to there were 9 planets in our solar system?

      June 3, 2012 at 8:38 am |
  17. Ken from FL

    Hey, here's an idea! Why doesn't someone actually ask Stephen King about his faith rather than speculating ad nauseam about it?

    June 3, 2012 at 7:36 am |
    • Ronda

      Exactly! And how about the fact that his daughter is a Unitarian Universalist minister? Kind of sheds some light on how she might have been raised.

      June 3, 2012 at 7:43 am |
  18. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things.

    June 3, 2012 at 7:35 am |
    • martog

      prove it

      June 3, 2012 at 7:36 am |
    • martog

      One thing you don't have to prove - I'm a big F#@#$ing bigot.

      I do a good job of it all by my lonesome.

      And I am quite lonesome.

      June 3, 2012 at 7:43 am |
    • Dan

      True. It makes you seem foolish.

      June 3, 2012 at 7:44 am |
    • martog

      Wow, there you are again pretending to be and calling me names! You sure are a consistant 'good christian'!

      June 3, 2012 at 7:48 am |
    • just sayin

      @martog
      It may not be a Christian, it may be that you are just that obvious to everyone. God bless

      June 3, 2012 at 8:00 am |
    • martog

      And I'm a total bigot.

      So there. We're even.

      Noonie noonie nah nah.

      I'm also quite lame.

      June 3, 2012 at 8:01 am |
    • Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

      Prayer changes things
      You are here
      Proven

      June 3, 2012 at 8:01 am |
    • martog

      Yes, I am here. That doesn't prove prayer works. It proves evolution works.

      June 3, 2012 at 8:11 am |
    • Hitchens

      In your case martog no it does not prove evolution.

      June 3, 2012 at 8:14 am |
  19. ReligionisInsanity

    Stephen King wrote some good books, and if some of his fiction is similar to the fictional fairy tales in the bible, i'm not surprised. The themes have been around for millenia. So called "christians" love to find support for their insanity in many things. Kind of like schizophrenics see "signs" supporting their delusions, everywhere in the real world.

    June 3, 2012 at 7:34 am |
  20. kickstand

    How about... talking with King before publishing? So much speculation about the man's work when you could have had truths straight from the horse's mouth is just bad journalism. Why guess about his themes when you could have just asked? And on a front page piece, no less.

    June 3, 2012 at 7:19 am |
    • nobody

      well they said that he refused an interview

      June 3, 2012 at 7:34 am |
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