Overview (Masterplots II: Christian Literature)
The Christ Clone Trilogy begins with the first of James BeauSeigneur’s novels, In His Image. The image is that of Jesus Christ on the Shroud of Turin, which reporter Decker Hawthorne is invited to investigate with a team of scientists and scholars in the late 1970’s. Years later, scientist Harry Goodman tells his former student, Hawthorne, that he has cloned skin cells from the Shroud and implanted them in his son, Christopher. Instead of seeing the boy as Christ, though, Harry sees him as an evidence of alien life come to earth, an example of what can be done by humankind regardless of the existence of God. These ideas are later used by those following Christopher to promote his authority.
Christopher seems like a wonderful person—caring, considerate, intelligent, and charismatic but humble. When the Disaster results in millions of deaths around the world and both lose their families, Hawthorne accepts Christopher as his stepson. No explanation can be found for the Disaster and the deaths that result, and religious and political leaders start attacking each other around the world. A world in need of leaders allows Christopher to advance politically; as head of the United Nations’ World Food Organization, he promotes the cause of fighting hunger around the world. While he is working and Hawthorne is supportive, forces from the Lucius Trust have learned about him and are working to move into position and gain influence over the young...
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