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An epic journey into the deepest mysteries of our faith.
Lost is NOT just a television show. It has become larger than that - a massive story filled with mystery that has garnered over twenty million participants. Some might call them viewers, but one does not just watch Lost, one participates in it. It demands that you dialogue with the story, seeking theories and comparing yourself to characters. Lost breaks all the formulas for television, and in doing so has drawn together millions of people on a shared journey that explores life, faith, history, science, philosophy, hope, and the basic questions of what it means to be human. It is the seemingly infinite ideas, philosophies, and biblical metaphors that make this story so engaging.
The focus on faith and truth is never more clearly explained than in the words of John Locke as he questions Jack Shepherd asking "Why do you find it so hard to believe?" Jack responds quickly "Why do you find it so easy?" But Locke declares "It's never been easy." This tension between Faith and Reason drives every episode and story line. Locke summed this up as he explained to Jack "That's why you and I don't see eye-to-eye sometimes, because you're a man of science...Me, well, I'm a man of faith."
- Faith and Reason - The war within?
- Guilt -The single common denominator that binds everyone on the island
- Fate - Do we choose our path, or does fate happen to us?
- Quantum Spirituality - What if everything and everyone is connected?
- Dharma - Is there any truth to be found in Institutional Religion?
- Island Life - If we are made for the garden is it the consumer world that is killing us?
- Salvation - Will it ever come, and will we recognize it when it does?
Chris Seay's fascinating book explores each of these elements in a spinning analysis of faith and metaphor that will attract a multitude of readers who desire to go even deeper into the journey.
Gospel According To Lost by Chris Seay was published by Thomas Nelson in January 2010 and is our 12789th best seller. The ISBN for Gospel According To Lost is 9780849920721.
With the cult show Lost now showing it's final season and the elements of good/evil becoming more prevalent this is an interesting but strange book and certainly one any Christian viewer of Lost would like to look at. It takes each character in turn and assigns them a kind of patron saint status and name, along with an icon style picture representation of them: in the terms of orthodox style or religious art as opposed to TV icon! It then discusses the character and it's representations with a kind of synopsis of character and story highlights picking up a recurring theme of perhaps guilt, hope, kindness, remorse, loss, faith, justice etc as may be witnessed in that character and questions what does this mean for and to us. It picks out the themes and instances of Judeo-Christian representation and expands a little on them and again questions a little of what this really means, how do these similarities sit, and what is the real message. On the whole each chapter is a bite sized glimpse of an aspect of Lost, they are short chapters and easy to read and though I can see the interest, on the whole I do have to admit I found the book somewhat lacking in real meat to the Gospel or theology side of things that could have been expounded. That said, I am still certain it is one many fans would enjoy and certainly one that could be put to use in a discussion or house group setting.
|Author / Artist||Chris Seay|
|Book Format||Paperback / softback|
|Publisher||Thomas Nelson (January 2010)|
|Number of Pages||195|
|Page last updated||21st August 2017|