The Second Coming: A Love Story
by Scott Pinsker
Two men claim to be the Second Coming of Christ. Each claims the other is Satan in disguise. But only one is telling the truth.
In The Second Coming: A Love Story, the devilish new novel by Scott Pinsker, the culture war between Red America and Blue America turns shockingly real when two self-declared saviors appear on earth. The first “messiah” attracts legions of liberal and secular-progressive followers with his message of New Age brotherhood, quickly becoming the darling of the left. The second “messiah” preaches fire-and-brimstone traditional Christianity, gaining a grassroots army of conservative worshippers ready to battle to the death.
The thought of mixing together religion and politics would have many people running for the hills, but that is exactly what Scott Pinsker has done in his novel, The Second Coming: A Love Story, and what’s more it works beautifully.
This is an imaginative concept; two men, Joe and Israel, both claiming to be the Messiah and each claiming the other is Satan. Both gather disciples and followers as they travel around America preaching their different brands of religion. One is a traditional hell and damnation type, while the other is all New Testament liberal. But who is the real McCoy?
The disciples are very well-drawn. Margaret Magdala, a former criminal lawyer, and Peter, a former homeless drifter, on the one hand. David, a homosexual former speech writer and his partner Michael, on the other. Through their arguments, differences and struggles their voices come through as very real.
The book touches on many theological and philosophical points, but it is done with a light touch and never preachy. Considering the subject matter it is a very easy and entertaining read. But it is also thought provoking and imaginative. The author does well not to take sides but presents each POV equally, putting the onus on you, the reader, to make up your own mind.
I have to admit that the parallel universe involving crows and worms totally escaped me, but nevertheless this is an interesting read and if you’re looking for something a little bit different then this could be the book for you.