Repairman Jack: Anti-Christian
I picked up Crisscross, thinking I was getting some light personal reading. It wasn’t light, and it wasn’t right. F. Paul Wilson’s cosmology is completely backwards.
In Repairman Jack’s world, the supernatural forces at war are the mostly apathetic Not So Bad and the hostile Truly Awful. The Not So Bad is already here, and the Truly Awful is trying to elbow in and take over. Repairman Jack spends most of his days trying to maintain the status quo. Near the middle of Crisscross, he tells a reporter about this fight, and explains that the Truly Awful is often called "The Other" by those who have become acquainted with it.
This runs completely counter to the Biblical world-view, as summarized in Ephesians 6:12:
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
This world is already the (temporary) dominion of Repairman Jack’s Truly Awful.
The Other world, from which we alienated ourselves with sin, is the realm of our true allies. The Greek word for "holy" is hagios, which is composed of the prefix "ha-" (not) and the root "gios", meaning "earth." Hagios means "unearthly," or more broadly, not of this world.
Repairman Jack is not for me. I propose that Repairman Jack is not for anyone who is serious about filling his mind with the good things of Christ.
Update 22-Oct-2006: Lots more discussion, including a couple comments from me, at the Repairman Jack Message Board.