Kruger, C. Baxter. Patmos: Three Days, Two Men, One Extraordinary Conversation. Jackson, MS: Perichoresis Press, 2016.
The oft-repeated themes of religious teachings: “Your core is sin,” “You are judged as not worthy,” “You can be saved by . . .,” can leave many, even devout believers, disillusioned and frustrated. So why even bother to try to have a relationship with God? It seems so difficult and the promised benefits are too far in the future.
This is the situation that Aidan, a respected theologian and the main character of Patmos finds himself in. As such, Aidan represents both the devout church-goers as well as the large number of those who check “none” for religious designation. In Patmos, Kruger weaves a provoking story about the extent and meaning of God’s love through the teachings of the Apostle John. The ensuing gripping, thought-provoking, and yet humorous conversations that Aidan and the Apostle have explore old and seemingly forgotten nuggets of truth about what humanity’s relationship with God was meant to be like. The resulting conclusions re-illuminates the light that unfailingly shines through the seemingly dark and gloomy world that we find ourselves in. The darkness cannot hide the light, and this is the jackpot truth that Patmos reminds us of.
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