March 15, 2011
Rob Bell: heretic or marketing genius?
I’ve been trying to keep up on all the Rob Bell drama, but it’s proven more voluminous than anyone other than, say, the online editor of Christianity Today. Fortunately Sarah Pulliam Bailey is more than capable, and she has a good rundown here of all the Bell latest.
In case you missed it, Bell, the head of Mars Hill Church and author of “Velvet Elvis,” a book I couldn’t get 10 pages into, has a new book out today. It’s called “Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived,” and it’s roiled a lot of feathers. As I mentioned last week:
Among those who have denounced the theology behind Bell’s book are Justin Taylor, whose post on The Gospel Coalition suggested Bell is a universalist and the type of false teacher that the Bible warns about. Taylor wrote that in late February, before he had read Bell’s entire book (though the promotional video Bell released left little mystery). USA Today’s Cathy Lynn Grossman checked in with Taylor to see what he thought after having read the whole book:
It’s difficult to remember the last time a book about Christian theology had this kind of buzz before it hit bookshelves. So far, I’d say Rob Bell wins.