Here are some comments that were deleted from this post at the Jesus Creed blog. I am not sure what rule I broke. It rather seems to confirm that certain theological circles are getting more narrow-minded:
No mention of Mark Galli’s? Denny Burk’s [review of Love Wins]?
What continues to strike me is Bell’s hostility to traditional views. He does not just set forth an alternative viewpoint. He denounces (as “misguided and toxic”) what mainstream evangelicals believe. And what he denounces is a straw man, as Mark Galli well notes.
The evangelical left seems to be getting more narrow-minded.
Strongly agree. I see Lewis’s “position” as dramatically different than Bell’s. Lewis defends “narrow” orthodoxy in chapter 5. And the liberal theologian in that chapter bears a lot of similarities to Rob Bell– including being successful in selling lots of books.
“I took every risk.”
“What risk? What was at all likely to come of it except what actually came? Popularity, sales for your books, invitations . . .”
“We didn’t want the other to be true. We were afraid of crude salvationism, afraid of a breach within the spirit of the age . . .”
Update: These comments have now been posted.