Book Review: The Great Divorce

So after Love Wins the next book I picked up was CS Lewis’ The Great Divorce. Why because Bell cites him as a source, because it seems that their views are very similar. Quite a few people have noticed this so there’s been a little rush to defend Lewis’ honour. In a panel discussion at The Gospel Coalition Tim Keller is asked, “There is one thread that says Bell is saying the same thing as C. S. Lewis. How do you respond?” To which Keller answers, Lewis was rebelling against…

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Rob Bell is so unoriginal

This is interesting, or at least I think so. Adrian Warnock recently listed some quotes from Love Wins by Rob Bell published 2011. I recently read Is there a hell? published 1913. Here’s how they compare: 2011 (Rob Bell) 1913 (various) “God gives us what we want, and if that’s hell, we can have it.” “For my own part, I assuredly believe that wrong-doing will have its reward in the world to come.” – Rev Dr Charles Brown “The chasm is the rich man’s heart!” “He [the rich man] is…

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There’s nothing new being said about hell

The other Sunday I was at my parents house and as I always do, I was perusing Dad’s shelves for books. This time I went searching for books on hell and found this gem. Is there a Hell? A Symposium by Leaders of Religious Thought. The only notable contributor whose name I knew was FB Meyer. Published by Cassell in 1913. Here are the chapter headings: The History of Hell What is Hell Like? Hell and the early Fathers The Certainty of Hell The justice of Hell The absurdity of…

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There's nothing new being said about hell

The other Sunday I was at my parents house and as I always do, I was perusing Dad’s shelves for books. This time I went searching for books on hell and found this gem. Is there a Hell? A Symposium by Leaders of Religious Thought. The only notable contributor whose name I knew was FB Meyer. Published by Cassell in 1913. Here are the chapter headings: The History of Hell What is Hell Like? Hell and the early Fathers The Certainty of Hell The justice of Hell The absurdity of…

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The Hell Chronicles

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…

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Love Wins: Lessons in how not to argue 2

There’s a second mistake in how the debate has lined up and that is in fixing positions too early on. We all know how hard it is to change your mind especially on public statements and comments. If you want to go looking faults of course you can find them in Love Wins rack ’em up and list them as if that can’t be done in other ‘sound’ books or that those errors mean we can still be friends. So I don’t think it matters what Bell says from here…

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Love Wins: Lessons in how not to argue 1

In this whole debate I think Rob Bell’s opponents have taken some serious mis-steps. I think Bell is wrong on a number of key points but because of the subject matter at hand (people spending eternity in hell) then you need to think a little bit about how you respond to this one. Bell is accused of being a universalist that essentially everyone will end up in heaven and at some indeterminate point in the future that there will be no one left in hell. Now its perfectly reasonable to…

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Book Review: Love Wins

So finally I’ve got here with a review of the most controversial Christian book in ages, Rob Bell’s Love Wins: At the heart of Life’s Big Questions. Be warned this is quite a long post. I’ve been wondering how to begin, how to both sum up and introduce a book that has been reviewed thousands of times already. So I’ll say this: It’s not all bad. Is he a universalist? I’ll save that answer for a bit later on. It raises questions and gives answers. Bell looks at heaven, hell…

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