Jan. 17 Flashback: The Boy Who Didn’t Come Back From Heaven

Jan. 17 Flashback: The Boy Who Didn’t Come Back From Heaven January 17, 2022

A lot of things have gotten worse since 2002. This blog is probably one of them.

This is from January 17, 2015, “Christian-brand publisher admits blatant scam book was a blatant scam“:

One big piece of “news” this week wasn’t news at all, just the confirmation of something everybody already knew: the best-selling book The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven: A Remarkable Account of Miracles, Angels, and Life Beyond This World is pure fabrication and hokum.

So, yeah, the book’s descriptions of Heaven and angels and the afterlife were all just made up. No kidding. Death remains “The undiscovered country, from whose bourn / No traveller returns,” and it puzzles the will that anyone believed — or published — a tall-tale claiming otherwise. …

I expected Tyndale to offer some attempt at damage control here, but their publicist’s ugly victim-blaming and denial of any responsibility just makes the publisher look even worse. I wouldn’t have guessed that a company that has spent the past decade living off of the profits from the Left Behind series could make itself look even worse, but there you go.

The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven was, after all, just another profitable example of Tyndale peddling the same themes they cashed in on with the Left Behind franchise. It catered to the same denial of death, the same escapist, otherworldly excuse for accommodating injustice, and the same desire to be told that You Are Right And Everybody Else Is Wrong, You’ll See.

Tyndale proves, yet again, that you’ll never go broke packaging and marketing those things to white American evangelicals.

Read the whole thing here.

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