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Heaven Is For Real: The Book Isn't: An Astounding Refutation Of A Story About A Trip To Heaven And Back Paperback – July 28, 2011
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Now to the book at hand:
I thought D. Erik Williams refutation was rife with weak arguments, and ascribing as implausible anything that was remarkable. How can Mr. Williams critique a book about someone's experience with God where anything outside of the ordinary is deemed "implausible"? I would have to ask him, "What miracle would seem plausible?" Would any healing, being delivered from long term addictions, being saved from an accident due to bizarre twists of fate, would any of these seem plausible to a skeptic. No. If we saw miracles happen every day all around us we would soon cease to call them miracles. That is the circular reasoning of much of his argument. It would therefore be impossible for him to believe any miracle because "if it's remarkable, it must be implausible". Skeptics are often proud of their skepticism, but sometimes they confuse the healthy examination that skepticsm brings, with an attitude of doubt concerning anything they can't wrap their mind around. That pervasive attitude of doubt can often lead one away from the truth instead of to it.
Does that mean we have to believe every claim someone makes? No. I don't know for sure what that boy saw. I'm not certain that he was taken up to heaven. I don't need it to be true for my own faith. The original story is very compelling though. I was looking for something to challenge my thinking about the original book. I found this "refutation" sorely lacking in terms of the strength of its arguments. They were a weak and unconvincing compilation of ideas that seemed hurriedly thrown together with little thought, little reflection on his own ideas, and little self-critique. There is no new event or headline that would cast any derision on the original book. The author describes this refutation as "astounding." That may have been good marketing but I think it sorely failed to deliver. Mr. Williams may be a fine author/researcher, but in this instance I didn't feel like he put much into this. I only paid .99 for it through Kindle but still feel like I wasted my money, not because I disagreed, but more because there just wasn't much there.
I purchased not only this book for kids, but the adult version as well, from Amazon dot com.