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September 26, 2006 / gus3

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.

[Spoiler alert.]

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.

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  1. Leopold / Oct 20 2006 10:13 am

    Your fiction versus my fiction. Who’s to say?

  2. anonymous / Oct 20 2006 10:33 am

    Your closed mind should obviously stick to the Christian bookshelves.

  3. gus3 / Oct 20 2006 12:46 pm

    Leopold: No serious historian or archaeologist doubts the historical veracity of the Bible. The ones who do are usually paid by either Communists or Wahabbists.
    anonymous: Yes, you’re right. That’s why I picked up The Mythical Man-Month by Fred Brooks.

  4. Me / Nov 15 2006 11:50 am

    No serious historian or archaeologist confirms the veracity of the bible. The ones who do are usually paid by religious zealots and ‘Christians’.

  5. gus3 / Nov 16 2006 12:39 am

    An accusation of mass bribery? Careful, “torchmak”, your own anti-Christian bias is showing.

  6. B Dodson / Nov 21 2006 10:37 pm

    Um…the Repairman Jack novels are fiction. You would appear to confuse fiction with theology…but it’s no great surprise.

  7. gus3 / Nov 22 2006 12:36 am

    B Dodson: Apparently, you didn’t read my response on the repairmanjack.com forum, because you are hitting the nail on the head without realizing it. People do take fiction and turn it into theology. Just look at all the attempts to use The DaVinci Code to challenge the authenticity of Christianity. Even the National Geographic channel jumped on the bandwagon. Not that they provided any answers to the questions they raised. They only want to sow doubt and suspicion.

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