The video promoting Rob Bell’s new book Love Wins kicked up an avalanche of interest and controversy because it suggested that the author held an unorthodox and dangerous view of the doctrine of hell.
Some encouraged a “wait and see” attitude, deferring comment on the video in lieu of reading the book when released. Other felt that delay was unhelpful, and responded strongly about the theology implied in the video.
Now, the first review (based on a reading of an Advance Reader Copy provided by the publisher) is out on Tim Challies’s website. The reviewer highlighted this passage by Bell:
A staggering number of people have been taught that a select few Christians will spend forever in a peaceful, joyous place called heaven, while the rest of humanity spends forever in torment and punishment in hell with no chance for anything better…. This is misguided and toxic and ultimately subverts the contagious spread of Jesus’ message of love, peace, forgiveness, and joy that our world desperately needs to hear.
The rest of the lengthy, but worthwhile, review is here. Unfortunately, it appears that those hoping the book would communicate an evangelical teaching on salvation will be disappointed.
Do you plan on reading Love Wins?