The Rob Bell Challenge
To my dismay, I haven't found a single review of the book that outlines the arguments of the book. I've found reviews in which the authors remind us that Bell has views of Hell and judgment that fall outside of the Evangelical consensus. The reviewers are quick to point out how rad or how damnable Bell's views are.
I found reviews focused on Bell's positions on gay marriage which were made about the time of the book's release. While it's intriguing that Bell paired his statements with the book launch, marriage equality/the sanctity of marriage doesn't appear to be a theme in the book.
A handful of reviewers pointed to the structure of Bell's book: That God was with us in the past, is currently with us, and is already in our future. But there's little more substance offered in the review than that.While it's possible that part of the challenge is that Bell wrote in fuzzy, ephemeral language that, like Jell-O, can't be nailed to the wall. Or -- and I suspect this is largely the case -- Evangelicalism has reduced Rob Bell to a shibboleth. We've all flattened him into a marker we all use to measure each other's orthodoxy. We're past interacting with his ideas. That's so Love Wins.
Here's my challenge: In the comments section, post a link to a review that objectively reviews the content of What We Talk About When We Talk About God. When five reviews are listed, and signed off on as being focused on the content of the book, I'll put the lucky comments in a hat. The winner will receive a 150 Burnsider Points.