Thursday, August 1, 2019

The Unseen Realm: Book Review

I read Mike Heiser's book The Unseen Realm largely based on a recommendation from Darrel Bock. I was aware of some of Dr. Heiser's thinking prior to reading his book. While I disagree with many of his conclusions in other areas, I became intrigued enough to read Unseen Realm. You can read my review HERE

Heiser is very popular in the evangelical world. My issues with the book had almost nothing to do with the idea of a "Divine Council" or the "supernatural stuff," though I think he sometimes stretches the texts to back up his theories. Heiser's take on certain texts, and especially Genesis, make him problematic in my opinion. Yet he gets a big thumbs up from most reviewers. Ironically, one review which gushed about the book, came from someone who was associated with Answers in Genesis!

More recently, Paul Miles has expressed the same concerns regarding The Unseen Realm. I'm glad I'm not alone. You can read his review HERE


Paul said...

Heiser is dangerous in my opinion. His stuff on the divine council is totally extrapolated. He will pull people away from the text.

Alf Cengia said...

I agree, Paul. The Divine Council is his "thing" so he's hardly objective. I wish people wouldn't plug his books so enthusiastically without caveats.