The painting that hangs in Mrs. Hawking’s church is called “The Incredulity of Saint Thomas” and it captures the very essence and origin of the term “Doubting Thomas.” Thomas was so skeptical of Christ’s return from the dead, that he wanted to feel his wounds. Could the prominent placement of this painting have meaning for us? Is LOST’s crafty brain-trust trying to send us messages? Click the image for full size.
The first thought that comes to mind is the ressurection, and doubt that there was ever death. While in the moment presented in the painting we know what was going on, it could suggest that we should be doubting Thomas’s ourslves when it comes to another deadman, who may yet be resurrected. John Locke.
Then there is the general sentiment of it. While Saint Thomas may have been a little too suspicious, perhaps the placement of this image in LOST is to remind us that sometimes – often times – things are not as they seem. We still no not know what is motivating the return to the island. For Ben, it may merely be the desire to return to his position as leader of the others. For Mrs. Hawkings, it may merely be to help her son – at what expense?