"It only ends once; everything else is progress."

That’s from Jacob in the season finale of Lost. Given this attitude, it is of course no surprise to see him reading Flannery O’Connor’s Everything that Rises Must Converge, a collection named from a phrase coined by the Jesuit thinker Teilhard de Chardin, who envisioned all of creation as evolving toward the divine. First Sawyer reading Percy’s Lancelot, now this. Somebody‘s been reading their way around the Catholic Book Club.

And of course, Ben’s confrontation with Jacob was classic Job raging at God. “What about me?” “What about you?” Except for the stabbing part. It’s hard to stab God.


  1. “Except for the stabbing part. It’s hard to stab God.”

    Not so hard, apparently. Demi Moore does it in The Seventh Sign. Although I admit that is perhaps not the most theologically coherent attempt at a film ever made.

    Wait, did I just excommunicate myself from your blog for copping to have seen The Seventh Sign?

  2. Matthew Lickona says

    Not at all. I lurve me some B-grade religious movie goodness. Thanks for the reminder!

  3. notrelatedtoted says

    That episode melted my brain.

    One of the most prevalent theories floating around is that the island is purgatory…..

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