Rob Bell: Love Wins

There’s a new book from Rob Bell, a Christian pastor from Michigan, called “Love Wins” coming out at the end of March. I’ve read Rob Bell before, and he’s not horrible.

One of my uncles doesn’t think he qualifies as a Christian, so that means he must be doing something right.

Here’s what the book is about:

[Love Wins is a] Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived.

Rob Bell addresses one of the most controversial issues of faith—the afterlife—arguing, would a loving God send people to eternal torment forever…? With searing insight, Bell puts hell on trial, and his message is decidedly hopeful—eternal life doesn’t start when we die; it starts right now. And ultimately, Love Wins.

Resident regular-reading believer Julie Ferwerda posted this video on facebook the other day, and I thought I would at least act as a sort of proponent of the book here. I certainly don’t agree with the message, but I can see the value in the message. It appears more and more Christians are sincerely trying to bridge the gap between Christianity and other ways of thought. And for that, we have to at least give it a nod.

WordPress won’t let me embed these videos, but give it a watch. It’s worth it at least for the photography and production value.

If I get my hands on a copy, I’d love to at least review it here.

Above is a screen cap.

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8 Responses to Rob Bell: Love Wins

  1. Jeremy says:

    HEY STOP!!! READ THIS:

    This post is getting hit hard by people searching for Rob Bell. I’m curious why none of you are leaving comments.

    I’m guessing it is because I didn’t write anything too controversial above.

    This may be going out on a limb, but I’m guessing Bell is going to explain in “Love Wins” that hell isn’t really an afterlife destination. He’s going to tell Christians that he doesn’t believe it exists.

    It is, after all, the easiest Christian teaching to refute.

    Bell touches on this fact on page 57 of “Velvet Elvis,” but he doesn’t expand on it.

    I often stay away from the topic of heaven. I know too many Christians who hide within belief only because they want a chance to live forever with their loved ones. Otherwise, they don’t believe anything about Christianity.

    The thing about Bell that’s interesting and intelligent is that he believes in Christianity while acknowledging the contradictions in the bible and in Christian life. He’s a “smart” Christian, and I can admire that.

    Anyway, I am hijacking a comment on my own blog to start the conversation with any of you who are looking for this book and are too shy to make the first response. This blog is written by an atheist, but the regular readers of the blog range from non-belief to conservative belief.

    Jump in and leave a comment and let me know what you think about Bell, hell, or heaven. I’m curious what you think.

  2. Kilre says:

    I’m reminded once again of the hosts of the Atheist Experience calling it the “big book of multiple choice”.

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  6. Lauri Hutchins says:

    I have just heard of Rob Bell for the first time this morning. I think he is bringing up valid points. Coming from a mixed religious background, a Jewish father and a Lutheran mother,my parents raised us without any organized religion. We were raised to respect our fellow man treat all with consideration and kindness and to help those less fortunate then ourselves. I have always tried my best to live by these guidelines. This I think, is ultimately what we are judged by.

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