Like all books that begin with The Gospel According To…, I was hesitant to read. It has been my experience that these books are really just a stretch. But, being a fan of the show, I decided to give The Gospel According to Lost by Chris Seay a go. My fear was confirmed from the second chapter onward. Seay writes, “Yes, it is easy to look at lost as simply a good example of the most primal human conflicts, but doing so undermines the essence of the show.” (13) No argument there. Seay continues, “Ultimately it is about good versus evil, black and white, the Creator and the Adversary.” (13) I’ll agree that the story is about good versus evil and as Seay points out, the characters in Lost often blur the lines between good and evil. But Lost is about the Creator and the Adversary? To me, that is where the stretch begins. That really wasn’t made clear until the final episode of season 5 and it isn’t entirely clear right now.
The character assessments told a lot about the character and their back story, but loosely tied into Scripture.
In the end, I was left wanting more. I don’t think Seay pushed the theological themes far enough, especially in his breakdown of the major characters. I was left wanting Christ crucified for the forgiveness of sins, but only got a passing reference to justification by grace through faith.
I give this book 2 out of 5 stars.
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