My Island LOST Trinity Theory

As everyone who follows this blog knows I love the show LOST – I have an entire LOST category dedicated to it! Not only that, you probably know I created a LOST blog called LOST soup that aggregates what I think is the best material online about the show (sometimes I add a few items straight to the Soup – and the LOST soup Twitter is auto-updated from the Soup as well).

I find myself reading and thinking a lot about the show. I’ve recently come up with a theory that might just explain Island LOST and I’m not sure if I’ve read it elsewhere or if this is mine.  Either way, I wanted to share it with you here. I’ve explained it to a couple of people IRL and they like it.

I think there is a trinity in which the Island LOST manifests itself.  

It’s not a 0ne-for-one metaphor as the Christian Holy Trinity, but I think it borrows from it. Here’s the three…

There is an Island LOST “Father” that manifests itself in different human forms.


To our knowledge, it first made itself known as Jacob. Now it’s Christian. Either way, it’s a way the island can interact with whomever he seems to want to interact but in mysterious ways. He appears wherever and whenever he wants to and he certainly has authority on the island.

There is also an Island LOST “Son” that manifests itself as Richard


The guy never ages but has physical human form that can not only interact, but can physically touch people (unlike how Jacob/Christian seem to allude the physical – remember Christian told Locke he couldn’t help him up when Locke fell into the room with the Frozen Donkey Wheel?).  He doesn’t seem to report to any human on the island and it seems that at least one of his roles is to select the next leader of the Others (Charles, Ben, Lcoke). I read somewhere when the Dali Lama dies, there’s a guy whose purpose is to find the next Dali Lama. He’s a powerful guy, but not the “man in charge”.  I think Richard is something like this.

There is also an Island LOST “Spirit” manifested as the Smoke Monster (aka Smokey).  


He’s a guard on the Island and roams about doing things we don’t fully understand yet (like killing and brainwashing for starters)! No matter what, it’s clear that Smokey “works” for the Island if not part of the Island itself.

I don’t know how all this plays out in the end-game, but I’ve been thinking about these three characters on the show and just feel like they are connected in some way but with different roles/purposes. The writers of the show borrow from culture and religion all the time so I think this theory isn’t a stretch.  

What do you think?

See, I told you I think about the show a lot!

Thanks to Lost…Stuff for the images.

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  • Just wanted to thank you for leaving up the material on eMinistrynotes. I have a few things left bookmarked in bloglines I reference for links often. I need to record those links just in case!

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  • That’s interesting, Rob. The writers certainly are intentional about their symbolism, so this does not seem to be much of a stretch.