What I find troubling about this video, and with the interview Tuesday night in New York that is also making the rounds on YouTube is that Rob is evasive in both cases. This is not the same approach he has taken in the past on a variety of complex issues, and it is troubling indeed. Whatever else one can say about generous orthodoxy, it should not include suggesting that polar opposite views about God are equally orthodox, nor that contradictory views on key Scriptures are equally plausible or possible. Rob once defined orthodoxy as like a trampoline, with some flexibility. Flexibility yes, on some things, but still definable and recognizable boundaries, especially when it comes to the issue of soteriology. Even a trampoline has boundaries and if you fall outside them you get hurt, and so do others who try and follow such an example.
Rob Bell on the Hot Seat