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Love Wins by Rob Bell
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Jul 15, 2012

it was amazing
Read in September, 2010

A hopeful and honest book by one of Christianity's most progressive and dynamic thinkers. The questions Bell asks are ancient ones, made relevant today by he startling shallow hermeneutic in most evangelical circles.

The vitriol Bell received when Love Wins was released is due largely to the group think mentality that now permeates modern faith. The political and commercial ties to a culture that is both uneducated and underfed in the nuances of critical thinking have hamstrung the church's ability to address questions honestly.

Love Wins is intended (from the Introduction) as conversation starter. Unofrtunately, the dualism of our religious and political culture (one side is right, the other side is wrong) is less interested in asking questions (a Rabbinic tradition) and more interested in determining the (only) correct dogma.

But for those who are interested in asking the big questions, and wrestling with them, this book is a wonderful and thought provoking read. If there's one criticism of Bell's book, it would be his writing style, which read more like a collection of cue cards than an attempt at serious prose. That said, very few Christian "thinkers" are doing what Bell is doing these days. Most pontificate on why they (the commonly accepted answers) are right and stay away from the really challenging questions (and possible criticisms from their uneducated congregants and bloggers).

Years from now, Bell's books will still matter. The others will languish in the libraries of old churches, and theological institutions won't bother referencing them. Why? They never said anything in the first place.
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