The Boy Who Didn’t Go To Heaven

Last April I wrote a review of the bestselling book Heaven is for Real for Acculturated, in which I kept an open mind about young Colton Burpo’s tale of visiting heaven during a life-threatening medical emergency. After all, though we should always be skeptical, his story was one in a thousand-year tradition of remarkably similar … Continued


‘Heaven Is For Real’ is a Disappointment

With all due respect, I disagree with my colleague, R.J. Moeller, who recently encouraged the Acculturated readership to go see the movie, Heaven is For Real, if at all possible. The film fell woefully short in value of the time and money my mother and I spent to see it in the theater last weekend. … Continued

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Go See ‘Heaven Is For Real’ This Easter

Few will argue the claim that the bar for “faith-based” films has been set woefully low in recent years. So much so that even non-Christian, non-religious Americans have heard about (and likely snickered at) projects such as Fireproof and the Left Behind series. Then there was the recent hullabaloo surrounding Darren Aronofsky’s Noah. Christian commentators … Continued

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Is Heaven For Real?

If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, Infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro’ narrow chinks of his cavern. – William Blake, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell Recently I wrote for Acculturated about how Christian and Jewish movie audiences … Continued

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