When people begin talking about hell and limited versus universal salvation, one of the first problems that they encounter is one of vocabulary. More specifically, a lot of folks become confused because there isn’t a robust lexicon that describes the different nuances of beliefs about hell.
Case in point: After Rob Bell published his promotio [...]
My fondest memories from the first year of law school (if such memories are even possible) involve brief quips that were made by Russell Weintraub, a fantastic teacher and scholar who taught my contracts course. One day, during the reading an extended section from a legal opinion authored by an appeals court judge who was famous for his fluid [...]
My wife just showed me this piece on MSNBC that details the firing of a pastor over what appears, in part, to be his support of the ideas in Rob Bell’s now infamous book, Love Wins.
For me, this story underscores the need for a strong laity voice in discussions of this nature, whether it be in blogs, on Facebook, etc. Many leaders who are sym [...]
If you are going to carry on a conversation about hell and the way it is presented in the Bible, it helps to begin by considering who actually – in the words of Jesus – is going to hell. Surprisingly (to some), Jesus doesn’t describe the denizens of hell as people who don’t profess faith in him or who refuse to say a sinner’s prayer.
Hell, we [...]
My initial impression from the jacket, Table of Contents, and Preface: this is not a book that will gingerly poke at the idea of conscious eternal torment for millions. It’s a full frontal assault.
From the back cover:
“God loves us.
God offers us everlasting life by grace, freely, through no merit on our part.
Unless you do not resp [...]
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I am astounded by the interest the mainstream media has in Bell and his new book. As I’ve said before, Bell isn’t offering anything new (he says it himself in this interview); he is just doing a better job of making it understandable… a [...]
As I was browsing my Facebook feed tonight, I stumbled across a link from Curtis – one of our readers – to this YouTube video, which I think is best characterized as a carefully laid ambush of Rob Bell on his new book, Love Wins:
The video title – and comments that follow – say that Bell “squirms” during the interview. They also say [...]
Briefly interrupting the blogging hiatus to show you this t-shirt, which I ran across tonight:
In a discussion on the subject of universalism, it can be helpful to distinguish between several varieties of universalism. Among those varieties are:
- Unitarian Universalism, which holds that all faiths are more or less all equal ways to find God; and
- Christian Universalism, which holds that the Christian God is the “true” God, but that [...]
The net was abuzz last night over a video from Rob Bell that promotes Love Wins, a book that will be released at the end of March. Here is the video:
LOVE WINS. from Rob Bell on Vimeo.
In the video, Bell asks a series of questions about the doctrine of hell, the most pointed of which is this: will the vast majority of humanity will suffer c [...]