Alright, well. Some disclaimers: I won this in a Goodreads' giveaway, I am not an evangelical Christian, I love science, and I did not enjoy this bookAlright, well. Some disclaimers: I won this in a Goodreads' giveaway, I am not an evangelical Christian, I love science, and I did not enjoy this book.
The intention of the book is to establish a theory of Venus as the lake of fire/Hell into which lost souls and Satan/fallen angels will be thrown following the second coming of Jesus. The author attempts to make the case that this theory is both theological and scientific. I might have liked the book had he kept it in the realm of theology; in fact, there were multiple sections about different interpretations of scripture that I found really interesting. However, his ventures into science are at times irrelevant, misleading, or even straight-up inaccurate.
By the end, I didn't really care what the author's conclusion was because I no longer trusted him as a reliable writer. The questionable methods he used to make his arguments continually undermined any attempts I made to genuinely consider his theory:
- Slightly annoying: There is an almost constant use of biased language, especially when comparing multiple viewpoints. In one example, the viewpoint he disagrees with is an "interpretation" that "pictures" a concept. However, his opinion is "recognition" that "acknowledges" the "wisdom of the prophetic voice." This sort of tilted verbiage got pretty tiresome.
- Annoying: The author frequently dismisses opposing arguments (which are not actually presented in the book in many cases) on the grounds that those people just do not understand the concept as well as he does, are too scared to contemplate the concept, or are skeptics/atheists and therefore cannot be trusted. You have to do your own research if you want to read a real discussion on these topics.
- Really Very Annoying: This is what knocked my rating from 2 stars to 1. The author repeatedly ignores or misrepresents facts and arguments in a way that suits his narrative. It is simply not good writing and made me distrust every single point he attempted to make. He dismisses natural evolution as having a "deficiency of evidence," when really there is plenty of evidence and he just finds it unconvincing. He claims there is no fossil record of "evolutionary predecessors" to the life found in the Cambrian Period (leading to the conclusion that it was a supernatural speciation event by God). Ten minutes on the Internet showed this to be a baseless claim. Most frustrating to me was his presentation of a very flawed study (a sample size of 6 people! selective reporting of results! Not Good Science) from 1901 as evidence that souls have weight, followed by a total dismissal of any criticism of this study as being written by "atheists and religious skeptics" which therefore "lacks credibility."
I really did want to enjoy this book. The concept sounded interesting and there was clearly a lot of work put into it, particularly sections where the author takes time to give history or an explanation of some of the important scientific concepts. Unfortunately, I just ended up irritated and perplexed. I would not recommend reading Venus: Don't Go There....more