Second, given Rob’s poetic/artistic/non-dogmatic style, Love Wins cannot be easily filed into pre-established theological categories (viz. “universalism” vs “eternal conscious suffering” vs. “annihilationism,” etc.)…..
Third, Taylor’s “review” and the ensuing Twitter madness notwithstanding, Rob’s book really isn’t about the population or duration of heaven or hell. It’s mainly about the unfathomably beautiful character of God revealed in Jesus Christ and therefore about the unfathomably good nature of the Good News. Putting his formidable communicating skills to full use, Rob paints a New Testament-based portrait of God throughout his book that at times almost brought me to tears. In the course of painting this magnificent portrait of God, Rob brilliantly raises pointed questions about the dominant evangelical view of hell as hopeless conscious suffering as well as about common evangelical views of God’s wrath, the nature of salvation and an assortment of other topics. But these are secondary topics next to Rob’s main focus: namely, the incomprehensible and unlimited love of God expressed on Calvary as Jesus prays with his last breath, “Father, forgive them, they don’t know what they’re doing.”
- Universalism? Annihilationism? A reflection on Rob Bell’s latest book, by CT managing editor Mark Galli (gratefultothedead.wordpress.com)
- Ahhh Hells Bells, the battle is raging over Rob Bell (cafewitteveen.wordpress.com)
- Universalism, Rob Bell, and Why You Should Care (outofthegdwaye.wordpress.com)
- A Cartoon is Worth 10,000 Words: Rob Bell – Universalist – in Hell (zwingliusredivivus.wordpress.com)
- Is Rob Bell a Real Christian? (friendlyatheist.com)