“Rumors of Rob Bell’s Heretical Universalism
Have Been Greatly Exaggerated”
A review of
Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell,
and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived.
By Rob Bell.
Review by Adam Ellis.
Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived.
Hardback: HarperOne, 2011.
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The fact that Rob Bell’s new book is considered controversial is as much a testimony to the marketing prowess of HarperOne (not to mention the unintentional marketing prowess of some critics), as it is to any theology contained in the book. The first lesson that can be derived from all of this is that if you want to publish a successful book, HarperOne isn’t a bad way to go.
To begin with, let’s look at two things that shouldn’t be surprises, but (based on the more angry reviews I’ve read) apparently are:
- Rob Bell is not a Calvinist (“New”, “Neo”, or otherwise). He doesn’t write like one. He doesn’t adhere to exclusively Calvinist doctrine. He doesn’t see the terms “non-Calvinist” and “Christian” as mutually exclusive.
- Rob Bell writes almost exactly like he talks. That means that there will be