Christian Themes (Masterplots II: Christian Literature)
The Christ Clone Trilogy interweaves many different references to the scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, as well as texts from other religions. Both sides in this battle for the souls of humanity use sacred texts to make their points. Both sides use logic and reason to argue for their interpretations. Both sides also claim evidence for their arguments from history, science, and logical faith.
The side of good uses arguments primarily focused on accepting God’s role in deciding what is wrong and what is right. While there are attempts to back up claims with history and science, the approach is primarily based on faith in God. In contrast, the side of evil uses an argument that refers to texts from a variety of religions and philosophies, including several Gnostic beliefs about the nature of God, Satan, good, and evil. Its primary focus is on humans’ faith in themselves.
The trilogy poses a fundamental question: Who is Jesus? Cloned from skin cells that no one denies belonged to the crucified Christ, Christopher Goodman nevertheless becomes the Antichrist, the force of evil. Christopher was created from cells that were part of Christ, but he was cloned is to prove that there is no God; his purpose is to draw people away from God. Clearly, Jesus Christ is therefore more than just a body; he is created from motivation, from an intended purpose. When the motivation is different, the person in the body is different too.