Rob Bell – heretic or engaging dialogue?

Rob Bell’s new book “Love Wins” has created a theological firestorm… Some Christian bookstores have removed his book from their shelves… what is he really saying…? Is he a heretic? Is he trying to thread a needle of evangelical assumptions? Is he reaching into universalism? What is the core of his message?

Here is Rob Bell in two short video clips. The first clip his own proclamation of beliefs and the other an interview with MSNBC host Martin Bashir.

You decide
Todd Rutkowski

Rob Bell in his own words – less than a minute

Short interview with Martin Bashir – 7 minutes

~ by blueporch on May 21, 2011.

2 Responses to “Rob Bell – heretic or engaging dialogue?”

  1. Eugene Peterson’s endorsement for Love Wins:

    “It isn’t easy to develop a biblical imagination that takes in the comprehensive and eternal work of Christ . . . Rob Bell goes a long way in helping us acquire just such an imagination–without a trace of soft sentimentality and without compromising an inch of evangelical conviction.”

    — Eugene H. Peterson, Professor Emeritus of Spiritual Theology, Regent College, and author of The Message and The Pastor

    Peterson on Bell….

    Rob Bell and anyone else who is baptized is my brother or my sister. We have different ways of looking at things, but we are all a part of the kingdom of God. And I don’t think that brothers and sisters in the kingdom of God should fight. I think that’s bad family manners.

    I don’t agree with everything Rob Bell says. But I think they’re worth saying. I think he puts a voice into the whole evangelical world which, if people will listen to it, will put you on your guard against judging people too quickly, making rapid dogmatic judgments on people. I don’t like it when people use hell and the wrath of God as weaponry against one another.

    I knew that people would jump on me for writing the endorsement. I wrote the endorsement because I would like people to listen to him. He may not be right. But he’s doing something worth doing. There’s so much polarization in the evangelical church that it’s a true scandal. We’ve got to learn how to talk to each other and listen to each other in a civil way.

    Question to Peterson….Do evangelicals need to re-examine our doctrines of hell and damnation?

    Yes, I guess I do think they ought to reexamine. They ought to be a good bit more biblical, not taking things out of context. But the people who are against Rob Bell are not going to reexamine anything. They have a litmus test for who is a Christian and who is not. But that’s not what it means to live in community.

    • the gospel is……. “exclusive in the sense of affirming the unique truth in the revelation of Jesus Christ, but not in the sense of denying the possibility of salvation to those outside the Christian faith; inclusive in the sense of refusing to limit the saving grace of God to Christians, but not in the sense of viewing other religions as salvific; pluralist in the sense of acknowledging the gracious work of God in the lives of all human beings, but not in the sense of denying the unique and decisive nature of what God has done in Jesus Christ.” The Gospel in a Pluralist Society 1989 182-3 (Leslie Newbigin)

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