I'm reading the book right now, at the behest of a theist friend, and it's a lot of prompting and confirmation bias. It's also a lot of "wow, he couldn't have possibly known X" when anyone could understand how a child could pick up bits and pieces here and there about dead relatives and miscarried sisters. Plus, a lot of his "vision" isn't even Biblical. They kind of gloss over that. For instance, everybody in heaven has halos, but halos are an artistic tradition that Christianity borrowed from pagan art. They're not scriptural.
Yeah, it's the kind of garbage, such as references in the Bible to the world being round, back before ANYONE knew that the world was round. Umm, no, dumbasses ...
Eratosthenes of Cyrene (Ancient Greek: Ἐρατοσθένης, IPA: [eratostʰénɛːs]; English: /ɛrəˈtɒsθəniːz/; c. 276 BC – c. 195 BC) was a Greek mathematician, elegiac poet, athlete, geographer, astronomer, and music theorist.
He was the first person to calculate the circumference of the earth by using a measuring system using stades, or the length of stadiums during that time period (with remarkable accuracy). He was the first person known to have proven that the Earth was round, though prior astronomers, such as Aristarchus of Samos knew, or at least assumed, that the Earth was spherical. He was the first to calculate the tilt of the Earth's axis (also with remarkable accuracy). He may also have accurately calculated the distance from the earth to the sun and invented the leap day. He also created a map of the world based on the available geographical knowledge of the era. In addition, Eratosthenes was the founder of scientific chronology; he endeavored to fix the dates of the chief literary and political events from the conquest of Troy.
Christian anecdotal stories are always full of that sort of thing. Yeah, okay, so the kid saw halos. His parents had been bringing him to church from what age, and no one thinks he hasn't seen any religious art with angels wandering around all over the place with the things?
Why dont more people go to hell? Seriously, if most people are wrong in their choice of religion, wouldnt that be a better way to 'testify' to the masses?
Why dont more people meet god?
Why dont people come back with some significant sign of some sort (technology, disease cure, significant universal truth, etc.) which lends credibility to their journey?
This reminds me of one issue. Why do Hindus always return with visions of the Hindu heaven? Why do Christians always return with visions of the Christian one? Why do Jews return?
When a Hindu comes back with visions of the Christian heaven or hell, then we'll talk.