This post will be updated from time to time but this is my directory of posts about Love Wins, universalism and hell controversy. It has the list of all the posts I’ve put together and some of the most helpful posts and resources I’ve found elsewhere. You may also find some of these links in some of the posts.
The posts to read that others have written
- Kevin DeYoung’s review of Love Wins is probably the most obvious place to turn for a comprehensive rebuttal and strong opposition of the theology of the book.
- Jon Coutts shows a really good approach to engaging with the theology of Love Wins by trying to line it up with his denomination’s statement of faith
- Probably by far the best review I’ve read of Love Wins (in numerous parts) is that by Steve Holmes
- Darren at Via Crucis has some really good links and some good points on engaging in the debate
- This article dates Undying Worm, Unquenchable fire by Robert Peterson from 2000 which was the last time we had a major controversy about hell. It is a superb review of the EA’s The Nature of Hell and shows how to properly handle differences on this issue. Here is the reports conclusion
- Christopher Morgan gives the wider context to the debate on hell
- Also by Christopher Morgan is an excellent summary of the different responses to the question, ‘what about those who haven’t heard?’ (Piper would be at 2, Stott at 4 and Bell at 7)
- Related to that is how Christians engage with other religions
- NT Wright on hell (video – 5 mins)
- Sinclair Ferguson gives clear advocacy for the traditional view of the doctrine of eternal punishment (audio and print)
- Tim Keller on the importance of hell
- CS Lewis on hell (an interesting general article on the theology of CS Lewis with some brief comments on hell)
- Piper’s response to Stott’s annihilationism. This gives a brief reaction to the view of Stott on hell.
Posts I’ve written
- For whom does the Bell toll? This is the first hint of the coming storm
- Do Rob Bell, Tim Keller and CS Lewis agree on hell? This is the most viewed post on this site, as it begins to discuss whether the three leaders are far apart or close together.
- Hells Bell: A round up Ignore the word final that was clearly optimistic, this is an early round up of other reviews and links
- Hells Bells 2: A second round up Again ignore the word final. This is another round of related posts and news stories
- One more ring of the Bell Another round up
- CS Lewis and Rob Bell Here I point out that other writers (in this case Roger Olsen) also see the connection between CS Lewis and Rob Bell on hell.
- Not quite the last ring of the Bell Here I reflect on the ongoing controversy and why I continue to think about it. It also has a number of links.
- Is Gandhi in hell? This was Rob Bell’s controversial question in his promo video and I reflect on this question
- Do I disagree with or denounce Rob Bell? Here I disagree with those who have chosen to denounce Rob Bell and instead argue that disagreement is as far as it should go
- Love Wins: The context This is the run up to the review and I argue that the book has received different reactions because of the context of American Christendom
- Love Wins: The influences I’ve been so intrigued by this, how do these influences lead to condemnation for Bell but not for those that have shaped his thinking
- Love Wins: The review
- Love Wins: Lessons in how not to argue 1 This is reflection on how not to engage with a controversial book
- Love Wins: Lessons in how not to argue 2 And a bit more reflection