Wheee, I have “bullshit” in my post title! Fun.
I mentioned this particular incarnation of bullshit before, it goes by the name “Heaven Is So Real” by “Choo Thomas”. (I often laugh from slight discomfort when reading old blog posts, hehe. Amazing how things change in such a short time.)
I thought I’d share the sad state of affairs, after discovering a post on Salige Rus: it’s apparently sold more than 80,000 copies in this country, according to “Rapport”, an Afrikaans newspaper that doesn’t seem to be particularly respected. (I can understand why. Uh, “naughty stewardesses” in the header? Ouch.) It completely outsold any other book in the market for “theological books in Afrikaans”. Stats like these do have you wonder if the anti-theists might not have a point, the “moderate” believers really seem to be a minority, the stereotyping is frighteningly accurate.
And then the cute little claim some people make: you can’t criticize the book: since it comes “straight from God”, that would be tantamount to blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, the “only unforgivable sin” or something. Ah, so by criticizing the book I can guarantee I wouldn’t have to “spend eternity” in the scary place Choo Thomas describes. Great!
Many of these links lead to Afrikaans. Sorry to the English readers, but the main aim is to try and save a couple of Afrikaans readers from eating that bullshit. Eating bullshit makes you ill. Take a look at the discussion I linked to last time if you want more info (again an Afrikaans link). Finding good English material about it on the web is of course far from trivial. The sensible person just ignores the existence of such nonsense, I suggest you do the same.
I’m not being very tolerant, am I? Sorry, but it is utter madness.