Erasing Hell: What God Said about Eternity, and the Things We've Made Up
With a humble respect for God's Word, Francis Chan and Preston Sprinkle address the deepest questions you have about eternal destiny. They've asked the same questions. Like you, sometimes they just don't want to believe in hell. But as they write, "We c ...more
Chan takes every New Testament passage about Hell and dissects it. This-as Chan warns-could get tedious if you're not into Greek, but ...more
"Erasing Hell" should have been subtitled: Universalism Is Definitely False, But We Don't Know Why
I listened to the audiobook edition of this work, which contains an elaborative interview with the authors (to whom I will refer collectively by the headlining name, though I understand that the greater part of the work was Sprinkle's). In the interview, the authors admit that the book is a response to "Love Wins" – a fact, as I recall, not acknowledged in the book – making Bell's book required read...more
I’ve talked with Francis personally and been at a few conferences where he’s spoken. It’s like watching a fire burn—you don’t know exactly what’s coming next. That same passion is on the pages of his book. Chan lays his heart on the table. It’s rare that a boo ...more
First, I have to commend Chan for the tone of his book.* One major detraction for me in reading and rereading Love Wins is Bell’s (sometimes not-so) subtle jabs at New Calvinist theology. Even though I agree with a lot of Bell’s jabs, they’re subtle and feel underhanded. If we’re going to talk about it, let’s just put it out on the table. To Chan’s credit, he does this for the most part. He directly cites Bell (and other authors with whom he takes issue), and even applauds Bell a few tim ...more
Francis Chan speaks once again about the unconformable truths of the Bible, and this time he writes about maybe the most uncomfortable of them all: that a loving G ...more
I'm getting a bit ahead of myself though. Regardless of the q ...more
* Assuming that God wrote everything in the Bible, and nothing not in the Bible, and that his writing has been passed down without error since then. This is a pretty clearly absurd proposition; there are enough internal contradictions that this can't be true. By refusing to be skeptical about any passages (even ones that don't seem to fit), and by refusing to consider very much that didn't make it into the Bible with a ca ...more
This book was certainly written in response to Rob Bell's book, LOVE WINS. I thought that Francis and Sprinkle did a great job on tackling this issue by describing the biblical doctrine ...more
The point of the book seems to be to label Rob Bell as a Universalist (someone who thinks everyone goes to heaven no matter what) prove that he's wrong about what he wrote about Heave ...more
In the end Rob Bell's book is an easier read, theologically, because to me it outlined a Hell that is self-inflicted in which a person's rejection of God brings about their eternal fate while God is waiting with open, loving arms, only to be rejected by sinful i ...more
he says this:
francis chan thinks rob bell is an idiot... okay he never actually says that, but it's pretty clear he is if nothing else not a fan.
this is francis chan:
I was expecting him to be an old idiot crumugeon I'm not sure what to do with the fact he's actually not bad looking.
he says this:
I think he's an idiot. and a jack ass.
this book is an attempt to prove rob bell wrong.
there were so ...more
This is clearly not the kind of inspiring and challenging book that has made Francis Chan so well known, but it is an important book because of all those who want to explain away Hell. In his characteristic way, Chan goes open-handed to Scripture and asks what God reveals about it there.
It is a short book, mercifully. The main book is only about 140 short pages. In the first four chapters Chan unpacks what Scripture says about Hell. This portion i ...more
What results is an all-too-simple engagement with the issues. This wouldn't be as annoying if Chan's tone of voice was similar to Bell's: allusive, pondering, reflective. Instead, Chan tries to settle most matters on hell. This backfires in diff ...more
Chan, with the assistance of researcher Preston Sprinkle, takes on the difficult question of is there a hell, what is it like and why should we believe in a God ...more
The complaints against the book are expected: a sometimes shallow pop treatment of the subject, long endnotes, and a disconnect between believing there is a hell and being "okay" with it. While ...more
Bell's book and Chan's book were written for different audiences. Bell says his book is for anyone who have heard some version of the story of Jesus that completely turned them off. In other words, people who are told that their friends or family who happen to have the wrong beliefs are going to be tortured for all eternity; those who ha ...more
Was unsure whether to give it 2 or 3 stars, so I erred generously. :)