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Manipulative and delusional vision of fear,
This review is from: A Land Unknown: Hell's Dominion: A True Story of Existence Beyond the Grave (Paperback)
If you are looking for a Christian intellectual analysis of this book then Tony Bisson's two-star review is all you need to read. He gives B.W. Melvin the benefit of the doubt and assumes that he at least believes that he has written a truthful account of his "vision" despite its theological inconsistencies. That is too kind. This account is so far outside the recorded experience of NDEs that it is clearly, and tediously, manufactured. Whether its creation arose from fundamentalist hysteria or a desire to convert pagans (i.e. everyone who is not a fundamentalist evangelical Christian) ultimately makes no difference. This account is manipulative and untruthful though I too am prepared to believe that B.W. does actually at some level believe it is the 'truth'. The problem is that truth to an evangelical is a weapon, a means to an end, and has no objective value apart from the purpose for which it is wielded. The author no longer need fear that he will be assigned to the "boxes" after he passes - he has already put himself in one.