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Rob Bell: Love Wins review

Yes, I read it.


The book struck me as not being nearly as heretical as some of its detractors wrote nor as biblical as his supporters wrote. It has an endorsement by Brian McLaren and yet recommends a book by Tim Keller for further reading. In fact if Tim Keller, Brian McLaren and NT Wright could have their genetics mixed with those of a beat poet, you may wind up with this book.

Chapter 1: Bell asks a ton of questions in his typical leading but not giving away too much style. The questions are so backed with emotion "Does it really not matter what people do but only what they believe?" and are staccato, repeating one after the other. The chapter than ends with Bell saying that the rest of the book will attempt to answer the questions.

Chapter 2: Like Brian McLaren did in his book on a "New Christianity" he starts by critiquing that classic evangelical image of people walking over a cross to get from this world to paradise with God in the next. Bell argues that …

Hell No?

In the Middle East it is taboo to speak about the Trinity or about Jesus being divine in any way.  300 years ago when Western culture was saturated with Diest philosophy it was taboo to speak of miracles.  It was and is a challenge to these cultures to hold forth what God says even in the face of social intimidation on these points.

Perhaps one of the largest taboos that 21st century Westerners face is proclaiming what the Bible says about the fate of mankind apart from the saving work of Jesus (ie. Hell).  This is not a taboo that exists in the Middle East or in times past, but it one we now face here.  This is a stand from which many young Christian workers are tempted to back down or even to compromise in order to accommodate their own doubt.  However if we do this I think we lose three important things.

We loose an understanding of the power of free will.  The doctrine of hell is a tribute to the free will of man.  If we really want to screw up our eternal existence, we are free to…