Wednesday, April 06, 2011

More Reactions to Rob Bell & Love Wins

As the weeks go by, the reaction to Rob Bell and Love Wins continues. More people are taking a long look at what has been written down. There ought to be a critical and informed response to Love Wins - which will either lead to a proper rejection, a thoughtful acceptance, or at least more wisdom on what is true and good.

In my opinion, the best ongoing review of Rob Bell's Love Wins is by Scot McKnight, a professor at North Park University. He's a Christian from an Anabaptist tradition, which gives him a different perspective on the theology and hermeneutics (interpretation) revealed in Love Wins. You can check out his reviews at his blog Jesus Creed, the posts are called: Exploring Love Wins.

Here's a long and detailed post by Kevin DeYoung, a Reformed-theology minister from Lansing, Michigan. It's a 20 page rejection of the theology and hermeneutics of Love Wins, calling Rob Bell's teachings dangerous. He blogs regularly at, his post is called: God is Still Holy and What You Learned in Sunday School is Still True. You may want to check out more of what Kevin DeYoung writes.

I really liked this review of Love Wins from Eugene Peterson, it's a thoughtful interview.

You will want to read this insightful review and compelling criticism by Mark Galli, senior managing editor of Christianity Today - Rob Bell's Bridge Too Far

I'll post more links in the days and weeks to come. This is enough fascinating reading for now. Here's one final link to a TV report on the controversy of Love Wins:

1 comment:

Mike Brooks said...

I understand that many have theological differences with Mr. Bell, but my only real issue with his many critics is the condescending nature in which many of the negative reviews are written. It is entirely acceptable (and even expected) for persons to disagree with certain ideas in Love Wins, but to be fair, anything in there was previously entertained by CS Lewis.

What I have a strong objection to, even where I think the reviewer has a valid point, is that many of the negative reviews sound more like the Grinch "carol":

You're a universalist, Mr. Bell
You're a nasty, wasty skunk!
Your brain is full of spiders, you've got garlic in your soul, Mister Bell,

I wouldn't touch you with a thirty-nine-and-a-half foot pole!

In Him,

Ferris C.