Thursday, April 28, 2011

Pushing Evangelicals to mature

With his new book Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived, evangelical pastor Rob Bell has apparently infuriated his religious colleagues by proposing the heretical idea that God saves everyone — not just those who sign onto their particular view of Christianity. I haven’t read the book, but based on quotes I’ve seen around the web and Duke Divinity Assistant Professor Lauren Winner’s great essay in the New York Times, Bell is working hard to push evangelicals into maturing emotionally. (There is something infantile about kicking one’s feet and screaming: “My way is the only way, and everybody else is doomed to burn in hell!” But I digress.)

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