Should I not be concerned?

Or we could look at it this way. What we’re really talking about here in our dispute with Team Hell isn’t just “What about Gandhi?” — it’s also “What about Ninevah?” Scores of evangelical pastors and authors have condemned Rob Bell for asking “Will billions and billions of people burn forever in Hell?” and for [Read More...]

The epistemology of Team Hell

What I particularly like about that Rob Bell video that caused all the ruckus this weekend is the way Bell grounds his discussion in the character of God. “What is God like?” Bell asks. Not, mind you, “What does God like?” or, worse, “Who does God like?” but “What is God like?” What do we [Read More...]

Team Hell gets loud

The evangelical blog world seems all atwitter over a forthcoming book by Rob Bell, pastor of Mars Hill Bible Church in Grand Rapids, Mich. The book’s title, “Love Wins,” is apparently regarded by many American evangelicals as an astonishingly heretical and controversial claim. Love wins? How dare anyone suggest such a thing? Even more controversial [Read More...]

A Vindication of Democracy

Another quick note in response to the Rev. John MacArthur’s strange belief that Reformed theology compels one to be an apologist for autocrats. After all, who said democracy’s the best form of government? No matter what the form of government is, the Bible doesn’t advocate anything but a theocracy. The Bible proclaims God to be [Read More...]

Big News

Really big news. Very exciting news, I think, but also happily not-at-all-disruptive news if we do this right. Slacktivist is moving, heading over to join the growing community at Patheos.com. The new URL will be: www.patheos.com/community/slacktivist/. Before discussing the really cool, new things this will mean, let me first address what the move won't mean. [Read More...]

Expelling the Quakers from Plymouth

Here’s the exact quote from Southern Baptist Hierarchy spokesman Richard Land on Thursday on NPR’s All Things Considered, discussing the Obama administration’s announcement that it will no longer fight to defend the Defense of Marriage Act. Every time the people have had an opportunity to vote on it, they have voted to defend marriage as [Read More...]

Cricket. Cricket. Tumbleweed.

It’s extremely unlikely that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder reads this blog, but yesterday he came to exactly the sort of realization we were discussing in the previous post. Finding himself in a position of having to defend an absurd stance, he chose instead to stop, turn around and start over anew. And so yesterday [Read More...]

Cricket. Cricket. Tumbleweed.

It's extremely unlikely that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder reads this blog, but yesterday he came to exactly the sort of realization we were discussing in the previous post. Finding himself in a position of having to defend an absurd stance, he chose instead to stop, turn around and start over anew. And so yesterday [Read More...]


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