During the past few weeks, the evangelical Christian blogosphere has been ablaze with conflict regarding Rob Bell’s as of yet unreleased new book, Love Wins. I’m of the opinion that this conflict is definitely a case of more heat than light being generated and although I am no fan of Bell or his theology, I’m even less of a fan of those who have weighed in harshly and at length without even having read the book in question. It’s good and right to question writings which seem at odds with the record of Scripture, but not good or right to sling some of the malicious and judgmental language at Bell and his defenders which I have seen coming from Christians over the last few weeks. Such talk seems to fly in the face of Ephesians 4:29-32.

“Let no evil talk come out of your mouths, but only what is useful for building up, as there is need, so that your words may give grace to those who hear.  And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with which you were marked with a seal for the day of redemption. Put away from you all bitterness and wrath and anger and wrangling and slander, together with all malice, and be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you.”

With that said, I do think it is important for Christians to understand what the issue of universalism – which is what Bell is being accused of – is all about. Scott Daniels, senior pastor of PazNaz, has written what I consider to be among the most balanced blog posts on the subject. Check it out here.