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1.0 out of 5 stars Intellectually bankrupt, 1 Oct. 2007
This review is from: Whatever Happened To Hell? (Paperback)
From the beginning this book is clearly struggling for credibility, which is neatly summed up in Blanchard's statement '..on completing studies into the treatment of people in Hell...' 'Studies' would appear to be a rather grand description given the amount of Hell residents that would have been interviewed! Blanchard rambles through his usual pseudo rigour but as usual all is based on insubstantial and highly questionable source material. The underlying flaw in the construction of the book is a complete absence of intellectual objectivity - the conclusion has been drawn and then all available material is twisted, stretched and squashed to fit this conclusion. This is a book written to frighten, with the aim of persuading people to the narrow Blanchard view of faith. However, if your interest is in how silly some of the fringe faiths can become, this is the book for you!
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Initial post: 30 Oct 2009 17:44:43 GMT
Reviews that consist largely of insults carry little weight.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Jun 2010 23:09:07 BDT
Last edited by the author on 31 Jul 2010 00:26:42 BDT
Timbo says:
"Reviews that consist largely of insults carry little weight."

Unfortunately, having read Blanchard myself, and heard him speak live, it is highly unlikely that the derogative description is simply 'insult'; rather, it is almost certainly a depressingly accurate description, and could be quite fittingly applied to other material of Blanchard's that I have encountered. For instance, calling somebody an imbecile if they are in fact demonstrably an imbecile is an act that cannot then be dismissed simply as abuse. If only. As I say, it's DESCRIPTION.

"'Studies' would appear to be a rather grand description given the amount of Hell residents that would have been interviewed!" - is a perfectly fair criticism, as is "the conclusion has been drawn and then all available material is twisted, stretched and squashed to fit this conclusion." Again, this is completely in line with other writing by Blanchard that I have read.

From what I know of Blanchard's work this is, alas, almost certainly a perfectly fair and accurate review. However, should I get the chance to read this book, which I may well do in the near future, I will be able to assess the merits of Ian Johnstone's review much more fairly ... and perhaps I will post a review myself. Who knows?
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