I saw this discussion going on the other day on social media. What do you think? Is it possible that Dracula, who is repelled by a crucifix, any crucifix, sometimes even by something as simple as a couple of crossed candlesticks, whose stashes of secret Transylvanian dirt are spoiled for him in the novel and sometimes in the movies when Van Helsing grinds up Communion wafers and mixes them in, who gets blistered if he gets splashed with holy water—is it possible this guy is actually a Christian himself? Yes. He is. Or he *was*. Even if Bram Stoker only partially based the character Count Dracula on Vlad Dracula III, then the vampire would have come from a Christian background.
Vlad Dracula was, we know from historical records, an Orthodox Christian. Then, as a condition of his release from captivity by the King of Hungary, he converted to Catholicism. And he had a particular fondness for endowing monasteries. He *was* a practicing Christian. The definition of the word “Christian” has changed, though. Originally it was supposed to mean “like Christ”. Since the inception of the Christian Church, there have been precious few practitioners of the Faith who actually were *anything* like Jesus Christ. That hasn’t changed with the years. Just look at the behavior of most professing Christians today. They’re not even in the same ballpark as “Christ-like”. So Vlad Dracula was, then, very much a typical Christian. Meaning one who only laid claim to the title but whose actions were somewhere in another hemisphere from the example set by the religion’s founder. He slaughtered, pillaged, tortured, committed genocide; he was *almost* as bad as your average Christian today!