Monday, August 15, 2011

Rob Bell: Love Wins: A Big Thumbs Up!

Hey Everyone,

I recently finished Rob Bell's excellent book, Love Wins. It is an easy and enjoyable read. As best I can tell from a quick read through over several bedtimes, Rob is pretty much in line with T.F. Torrance in regard to his view of who's in and who's out and why. This is not surprising since Rob attended Fuller Theological Seminary, where Torrance left a significant influence, not only as a guest lecturer, but also through his student and faculty member, Ray Anderson.

Like most books that attest the universal reconciliation that is ours in Jesus, this book has received much criticism from the usual angry suspects. Like Torrance, Rob is "accused" of being a universalist, as if that were a bad thing! He is not a universalist as a close reading of the book will show. Many vitriolic critics refuse to take the time to distinguish between universal reconciliation and universalism.

I recommend this book. Rob can be very funny in the way he takes a number of evangelical beliefs about hell and "questions" them to the point of absurdity. Give it a try. I think you'll like it.

2 comments:

  1. That's an excellent summary of the book. Its refreshing to see someone who knows the difference between "there is no hell" and "God wants everyone to be saved"

    Keep up the good work!!

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  2. By the way... Have you seen this interesting article?

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/carl-medearis/i-dont-own-jesus_b_885714.html

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