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Rob Bell Comes Clean

Watch till the end for the punch line.

This is the book that many are condemning but have not read a single page:

Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived

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  1. Tim Chan says

    Just curious… What do you think about these points?

  2. Tim Chan says

    Forgot to paste the link:

    • Anson says

      Thanks for the link, Tim. I read it through, but honestly I’m not sure I can follow his line of thought very well….. I just read a bunch of random points picking on one point at a time with no reference to the whole.

      Well, in Regent I’ve been trained rigorously to write academic book reviews following this pattern: Explain what the title and subtitle of the book means, what the thesis is, map out the structure and contents of the book. (All of this is to make sure one can repeat what the author is trying to say in the book first.) Then comment on three things that are praiseworthy or inspiring, and then comment on three things that are problematic or need further development or clarification. Then finally add one’s personal opinion or concluding remarks.

      With this discipline, we’ve been trained to be able to read even the most liberal books and not feel threatened a bit by it, but instead be able to articulate what the author is trying to say, to find good things to say about it, and to critique it fairly. Many things are not black and white, and we don’t have to totally accept it or totally reject it.

      I find many responses online to Rob Bell’s book have not followed this disciplined and charitable book review writing pattern. I think what’s happening in the evangelical world (and esp. in this controversy) is that many people do not have this aptitute to hold tensions, to agree to disagree, or to first understand before one critques. It is a matter of the quality of training of one’s theological mindset. Unfortunately, many seminaries these days only focus on training workers “how to do ministry” without helping to shape their minds to read, interpret, and interact open-mindedly, graciously, yet critically with other thoughts and ideas, including those that sharply contradict with one’s own. That’s why we see so many hostile or knee-jerk reactions to a book like this.

      Well, I look forward to reading someone who’s a bit more fair-handed and is able to find some good things to say and also honestly point out weak points, not just either/or. After all, as Rob Bell says, this is just a very insignificant book written by a pastor from Grand Rapids. There are many more great books out there and many worse. There’s no need to spill so much ink in reaction to it. Having read the book, I actually don’t think this book is that interesting anyways. There are too many questions and very few substance. But I applaud Bell for his courage to address something that very few dare to rethink or talk about. Anyways, good books stand the test of time. The not so great ones will just fade away or blown away like chaff. That’s how I see it.

      • Wayne Park says

        I think what it is that struck a nerve with so many who haven’t read it is the allusion towards a potentially divisive issue in evangelicalism. It’s proving to be true. So whether or not Bell is a universalist, the fact that he’s even hinting at it is, what I think, unnerving to so many people. “Why even go there” seems to be the train of thought.
        I, for one, have had my worldview challenged as regards the issue, but still am quite uncomfortable with it. It’s also messing with my upcoming Passion Sunday sermon because all of a sudden the Atonement is being popularly re-defined in terms of a wrathless love. Go figure. Maybe I should go read it. But frankly, I’d rather not. I’d rather have this convo with NT Wright or Patristic non-exclusivists.