Pastor Rob Bell, one of the new rising rock stars of Christianity, has stirred up a hornets’ nest with his book Love Wins. In today’s article by Cathy Lynn Grossman of USA TODAY, Bell exposes the new kinder, gentler Christianity that has emerged as a reaction to the hellfire and brimstone alternative offered by most evangelical writers. In his book, he turns conventional Christian theology on its head by — wait for it — quoting Jesus! He says that the Christian scriptures support the idea that Hell is not a place of infinite punishment for finite sin, that people can “be saved” through channels other than Jesus, and that churches which don’t allow for the possibility of both of these doctrines are “misguided.
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