Rob Bell and a New American Christianity
by James K. Wellman Jr.
"Twenty years from now we may look back on Rob Bell as the man who forever changed the face of American evangelical Christianity." —Reza Aslan, author of No god but God and Beyond Fundamentalism
Author and scholar James Wellman offers an incisive and critical look at Rob Bell: his influence, his roots, his brand.
"Whatever one thinks of Rob Bell, there is no denying the intense controversy surrounding him in the American religious landscape." Read Chapter One from "Rob Bell and a New American Christianity."
"This is a book that should be read by all Americans regardless of their religious affiliation." Read what Reza Aslan and other authors are saying about James Wellman's new book.
"Rob Bell is simply not interested in building boundaries between God and the world. The world is the Lord’s and everything in it. To say that somewhere is sacred and another place is not is heresy for him."
While Wellman highlights the spiritual shifts that Rob Bell initiated, I came away depressed that yet another gifted pastor ultimately left the church he clearly loved and nurtured.
The Big Question is this: How long can Rob Bell — or any of us — avoid labels and categories?
Author James Wellman argues that Rob Bell may be the bellwether of a new American Christianity. What does that mean for American Christianity?
Bell seems to be doing what us Catholics have been calling "the New Evangelization." He has managed to communicate - within a the rather narrow niche of American post-protestantism.
I won’t be surprised if Bell’s journey of personal faithfulness to the Gospel results in something really significant for the wider world. It’s happened before. It could happen again.
As a Hindu lay person, I am probably an unlikely candidate to jump at the chance to read about Rob Bell. But I learned there is a lot to like about him.
As an Episcopal admirer, to Rob Bell I say, the Episcopal Church welcomes you and more than that we need you. You seem lonely preaching the gospel that Love wins, but we have been preaching that gospel a long time.