My opinion of The Celestine Prophecy has not gone unchallenged; far from it. In fact, dozens of Redfield's followers have lept to his defense, dismantling my arguments with brutal logic, biting wit and penetrating philosophical insight. What follows is a completely unfair selection of the writings of my favourite Celestine Apologists (reproduced without permission but without attribution).
From: firstname.lastname@example.org Sent: Saturday, September 07, 1996 5:33 PM Subject: Pathetic I think your writing about how you hate the celesting prophecy is so poor and 'unreadable' (may I put) is pathetic. First of all, if you don't like a certain piece of literature, WHY READ IT??? There is no point AT ALL in reading something you dislike. And not only that, but after you 'read' The Celestine Prophecy, you went on to read The Experimental Guide. Now, WHY DID YOU DO THAT? If you didn't like the first novel, why did you go and read the guide? I found your writing to be arrogant and closed minded to open situations. I agree that some of the items in the book may be unrealistic, but who cares? All that was put into the novel to make it more interesting to more people and to keep the reader in suspence. I think one of three things about you. 1)You had nothing better to do with your time, so you decided to criticize someone else's work and 'make fun' of it or 2)you're afraid to admit that some of it might be true, so you try to convince everyone, 'NO NO!!! DON'T READ IT! IT'S POOR WRITING AND IT'S NO GOOD AT ALL!' or 3)you simply didn't want to be like everyone else so you decided to 'hate the celestine prophecy'. I think your the one who's writing is boring and 'no good'.
From: xxxx xx xxxxxxx xxxxxx Sent: Thursday, June 27, 1996 7:36 PM Subject: Why I Hate... I think the key word here is "Hate". I feel very sorry for one whom feels threatened by any message of peace that they make such a strong , outgoing attempt to undermine it. Obviously there is little to naught I can convey to you that would change your opinions on this topic. God be with you,and I will keep you in my prayers Kenneth. Your fellow human ,
From: xxxx xxxxxx Sent: Sunday, August 04, 1996 7:53 PM Subject: why i hate the celestine pro. the only reason I could see for you hating this book, is because of your statment. that it is simple. i guess it's obviously not simple enough for you to possiby understand. your total lack and hate of anything to do with spiritual enlightment and understanding, shows in all your text. I suppose you also believe that dan quayle(e) would have been the free worlds saviour.
From: xxxxx Sent: Monday, September 02, 1996 2:30 PM Subject: Listen up! Listen up. The Celestine Prophecy is what the human race is coming to. If you want to one of the "non-believers", that's fine with me. You can just die in the spiritual upbringing, with others that are controlled by the fear.
From: email@example.com Sent: Tuesday, August 13, 1996 2:54 PM Subject: Celestine Prophecy Mr. Moyle, It's sad that you wasted your time writing about the Celestine Prophecy, just to show how ignorant you really are. I hope one day you'll recognize what the book is about. "When the student is ready- the teacher will appear."
I feel compelled to mention that I have received a number of thoughtful, intelligent, well written critiques of my review; a few refute my arguments without specifically defending The Celestine Prophecy, others defend the popularity of the book, and some argue for the value and truth of Redfield's ideas. I will post a page with these longer, less amusing responses if there is sufficient interest.