Thursday, March 17, 2011

Even more HELL!

If you're a Christian in North America or in any way associated with Christians in North America these days, chances are fairly decent you've heard of Rob Bell's new book on hell, and why he thinks the way the narrative of hell gets preached by North American Christians is dumb-dumb-stupidhead.

While I'd love to roll up my sleeves and start soapboxing on this, I feel that (given my particular situation) it is something I had better leave to my betters. So I'm just going to triple dog dare you to head over and read Fred the Slacktivist's latest post on the topic. Then read his other posts on it: thoughtfully, quietly, and with a fearless, open mind. Heck, while you're at it, why don't you go read Dr. Richard Beck's series on universalism? Then come back here, and leave me a comment explaining why you still think Rob Bell is off his rocker.

Because as suspicious as I am of rockstar Christians, I find it hard to dislike Rob Bell and I would love to hear your (cogent, humble, quiet) arguments against him. There's nothing I would like more than to be able to continue on from a theological standpoint based on FEAR of hell. I've spent a lot of my life in fear, and I'm not really willing to let that go.

I gotta admit, though... it's getting harder.

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