CW: With all these diverse, broken characters thrown together, can you compare what it means to be "lost" in a scriptural sense to what you think it means on the show?
Seay: Where we find most of the term "lost" in the Scriptures is in Luke 15. Jesus tells these "lost" stories: the woman who loses a coin and turns the house upside-down to find it; the shepherd who loses a sheep and leaves the 99 behind to go and find it; the father whose son leaves and is lost as lost can be and ultimately finds his way home, broken but searching for redemption. In those "lost" stories (and you can't summarize scripture too simply, but) clearly it is about God seeking out and pursuing those that are lost and the joy of being reunited with that which God loves.
I think it is pretty similar in this story. It's not about necessarily coming home to a location, or a place, but about finding home. These people are searching for home, and maybe what they don't realize is that their very Creator is also searching after them. So I think that there are a lot of parallels there in the meaning and the way that we identify with them. The book shows that this isn't about them being geographically lost, though they clearly are, they're on an island. It's about them really searching for a spiritual home to lay their head.
CW: You mentioned earlier that LOST isn't a Christian show per se, but that there are obviously many Christian themes in the show. Of those, what do you think are the most prevalent?
Seay: Well, with every character it's different. So you have these dialogues that go on about salvation, and what that means, and whether it comes through Christ. You have characters like Eko - these broken characters - he was a drug lord who becomes a faux-Catholic priest, but still clearly doesn't understand that much about the Gospel. You've got topics like violence and others that come up repeatedly in the Scriptures. So it's hard to say; it's all there.
What I'm most curious about right now are some of the direct biblical names and the way that the story is being woven in. In the last episode of the last season we have this massive statue of an Egyptian god with these other figures like Jacob playing out in the middle of it. I think we have a story of exodus that's preparing to take place, so I'm always curious - how much does that parallel THE story of THE Exodus? I'm not really sure, but I'm excited to find out!
CW: Forgiveness is also a big theme in LOST, and in your book you talk about how some of the characters deal with the problem of guilt. What do you think LOST tells us about the role of guilt, and of being able to forgive oneself, as part of the whole process of forgiveness, absolution, and redemption?