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|Acts of God
by James BeauSeigneur
Published by SelectiveHouse Publishers, Inc., 1998 (Republished by Warner Faith, 2004)
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Recommended by: Greg Slade
This is the final book in the Christ Clone Trilogy. (The other two books are In His Image and Birth of an Age.) In it, the plagues of Revelation chapter 16 are visited upon the Earth, and Jews and those who have become Christians since the Rapture are persecuted. Decker Hawthorne is taken to the last hideout of the Christians, and there the gospel and the nature of the Antichrist is explained to him. He hides away for a month to ponder the conflicting views of the man he has raised since he was a teenager, and finally goes to confront him. Goodman finally reveals his true character: he is the Antichrist, and he knows that he is destined for the Lake of Fire, but his goal is to take as many people with him as possible, just to spite God. This is the motivation for his insistence, in Birth of an Age, that the New Age must be brought about by human effort, rather than by fiat. In order for people to condemn themselves, they must curse God of their own free will. In the end, of course, God triumphs, and we see a glimpse of the New Earth.
In one way, this book is the weakest of the three. (It's not like there could have been any real suspense about how it turns out.) Then, too, Goodman's admission to Hawthorne that everything the Christians believe about him is true is a bit too abrupt. Throughout the trilogy, BeauSeigneur has been at pains to portray Decker as well-meaning, if misguided, and give him a believable motivation to see Goodman as misunderstood, rather than evil. Aside from one tiny bit of foreshadowing, there has been no hint that Goodman is as evil as he is. (February, 2000)
James took part in an online interview in March, 2000.
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