Rob Bell, An “Evangelist” Of The New Christianity

When I first started here five years ago Rob Bell was much discussed on the religious pages. Mostly he was condemned. He had started a church in Michigan which became huge. Later he became a personality who writes and lectures. He was listed by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the U.S. Now he is traveling the South.

While I have not heard him nor read his books, so much is written about him I’ve developed my own view as to what he is all about. He does not take the Bible literally, none of it. He believes the faith is about accepting and caring for those around you.

The link discusses his lecture where a young man had learned his wife’s pregnancy will end in a dead baby, “What should we do?”

“You experience will be a difficult one,” Bell responded (paraphrasing). “Don’t allow people to quote scripture and tell you this part of God’s plan. Surround yourself with people who support you. Time will pass and usually things become better…”

Joel Osteen has been drawing mega crowds for years preaching the prosperity gospel and using the Bible very little. Rob Bell has another angle, the love of those around you, which also makes little use of the literal Bible.

These two approaches skillfully avoid the big pitfalls of the Bible, its cruel Old Testament and its New Testament with not believable dead people coming back to life.  Perhaps this is how Christianity will survive in a changing culture.

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  1. There is not much relevancy in the recent topics.

    You might want to examine the exploding epidemic of public school teachers engaging in statutory rape of their students. Here is the latest in what appears to be daily criminal acts – http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/08/02/virginia-teacher-31-accused-sex-with-student-16-turns-herself-in.html

    Recall that these are the schools where prayer was outlawed about 50 years ago. Secular, i.e. atheistic values are now at work and the evidence is mounting that the results are not good.

    1. Matt 9:53 You might want to examine the exploding epidemic of public school teachers engaging in statutory rape of their students. …Recall that these are the schools where prayer was outlawed about 50 years ago.

      And you have proof there was less statutory rape of students when there was prayer in public schools???

        1. Matt 9:36 Your concern for the epidemic of statutory rape by public school teachers is underwhelming.
          Commenting on your posts is underwhelming. You have giving us no data that there actually is an “epidemic of statutory rape” nor have you provided any evidence there is data linking it to prayer in schools.

          As I mentioned to another poster, assigning positions to me I have not taken is not a good thing.

    2. entech

      There is not much relevancy in the recent topics
      Relevant.
      a : having significant and demonstrable bearing on the matter at hand
      b : affording evidence tending to prove or disprove the matter at issue or under discussion relevant testimony
      c : having social relevance
      It would seem to me that the “topic” is the “matter at hand”, which would make your statement even further from reality that most of your “recent posts”.
      More to the point your post @ 9:43 pm goes beyond “not much relevancy” to the topic > Rob Bell, An “Evangelist” Of The New Christianity<.
      Your post does remind one of your outstanding support for Donald Trump. Even starting to sound like him and act like him.

      You start like him making some kind of outlandish claim of no relevance with a hidden agenda: in this case taking attention away from pedophile priests and the rape of children – while actually bringing it to mind. While it is certainly wrong (as well as illegal) that a thirty something should be having a sexual relationship with a 16 year old even though consensual: it pales into a misdemeanor when compared to priestly abuse and hierarchical cover up.
      You continue like him, demonstrating a lack of familiarity with the English language and making things appear to be what you want to call them (alternative facts, more commonly lies) A single case quoted from ‘FoxNews’ is translated into an “exploding epidemic of public school teachers engaging in statutory rape of their students.”
      As for daily well that is simply invention.

      Secularism when applied to state run institutions just means a separation of Church and State but the “Church” as represented by Matt, is where the Church should be the state as it was in the good old days of Torquemada.
      Secularism must be the most misunderstood and mangled ism in the American political lexicon. Commentators on the right and the left routinely equate it with Stalinism, Nazism and Socialism, among other dreaded isms.

      Secularism, on the other hand, has nothing to do with metaphysics. It does not ask whether there is a divine realm. It is agnostic, if you will, on the question of God’s existence — a question that is way above its pay grade.
      What secularism does concern itself with are relations between Church and State. It is a flexible doctrine that can embody a lot of policy positions. Strict separationism is one, but not the only, of those positions. At its core, secularism is deeply suspicious of any entanglement between government and religion.

      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jacques-berlinerblau/secularism-is-not-atheism_b_1699588.html

      You continue @ 9:36
      Your concern for the epidemic of statutory rape by public school teachers is underwhelming.
      Again so like Trump drawing attention to the thing you are most trying to hide, if I may paraphrase?
      “Your lack of concern for the epidemic of actual rapes of children by priests is pretty horrifying and disqualifies you from being taken seriously about anything.”

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