This new picture of reality will take a long time to put together. It won’t be finished in my time, or even, I suspect, my sons’ either. In fact, reality is too vast, too complex, and too irreducibly mysterious for a full picture of it ever to be absolutely complete. But in essence, it will show the universe as evolving, multi-dimensional, and known down to its every last atom by a God who cares for us even more deeply and fiercely than any parent ever loved their child.
Wow. All that stuff about Jesus and God is true, too? Amazing. And very convincing, if you’re predisposed to believe in bullshit.
This is what it boils down to: He’s a doctor. Colton Burpo (the subject of the similar, bestselling Heaven is for Real) was 4 when he “experienced Heaven.” But they’re practically saying the same thing. You get the feeling an agent somewhere was thinking, “If the American public fell for what a four-year-old boy said, just think of what’ll happen when a doctor says it!”
But a fancy title doesn’t mean we should believe everything the person says. Doctors can be wrong, Presidents can be wrong, and we all know Pastors can be wrong. Just because you have an honorific in front of your name doesn’t mean you automatically deserve respect. You have to earn that. Even when you do, you can lose it quickly — Dr. Oz promotes quackery, after all. Maybe Alexander is a skilled neurosurgeon, but he’s abandoning everything he ever learned about science when he proposes a “We don’t know what happened to me… so it must be Jesus!” answer.