New book about Rob Bell asks as many questions as Bell would himself

Just found this new book that just came out about Rob Bell.  It’s called “Rob Bell and a New American Christianity, by James K. Wellman (who is a professor at Jackson School of International Studies).  Here’s a preview:

It’s available now at Amazon.

Is this a book that you would read?

Why or why not?



  • Steve K. December 3, 2012 Reply

    Read it and reviewed it for the Patheos Book Club – I thought the book was pretty interesting, but you’d have to be a pretty big Rob Bell faniac to get into it, probably:

  • James December 3, 2012 Reply

    Frankly, I wouldn’t red the book. I’ve read about as much as I can stand from the “conservative” evangelical bashing of Rob Bell. And frankly, most of the comments relate to fear, lack of research and jealousy. I don’t have to agree or disagree with Rob Bell to see the evangelicals rolling their eyes believeing their belief about everything is the Gospel truth. When in fact, if you do the research in scripture most of “our” beliefs are heresy, because they hardly ever take into consideration the O.T. book isn’t a christian book, it’s a Jewish book about His people.
    Having been raised in a Christian home by wonderful parents and gone to seminary, taken Hebrew etc.etc. received my ordination, I’ve seen the closed minded, hard hearted pharisee attitude with most of evanglelical Christianity. Rob Bell, Leonard Sweet, Reggie McNeal, Brian Mclearn are all outcasts, for the most part rejected by main line conservatism because they present an alternative, NOT to the scriptures, but a truer, purer interpretation of the scriptures. And that scares the bejeebers out of most evangelical conservatives.
    And my opinion is that Christian has lost its way, it’s roots. While it talks a good game, it’s example is far from Christ and His example. Having been a pastor for over 35 years, the freshness of Rob Bell brings hope that Christ’s church just may survive and thrive in this religion laden land of “christian” conservatism.
    I’ve read too many books who don’t espouse freshness and newness to the power of the Gospel only a rehash of morality and ethics which is only part of the messsage. When sin becomes the central topic of Christianity, what’s left is a bunch of “sinners”, not a people transformed by Jesus’ power and life.
    What’s left is a focus on what’s wrong with man, not what God is doing to redeem and transform. If Hell were as bad as supposedly conservatism says it is, then every dime and dollar should be into saving people from it. But what is seen to this world is fearful, insincere, judgemental people huddled away singing in the sweet by and by, while a world needs the love, transparency and complete abandonment to our Savior. Thanks for your eye and ear to voice my views and concerns.
    Blessings and Love to you,

    • Alan December 3, 2012 Reply

      James, you mentioned that Brian McLaren “present an alternative, NOT to the scriptures, but a truer, purer interpretation of the scriptures.” How exactly do you see McLaren’s teachings as truer and purer to the Bible? I’m not trying to be mean with this question. I’m sincere. Thanks.

    • Bill December 5, 2012 Reply

      Quite a reply for someone who wouldn’t even read the book. Also a little too harsh on everyone but yourself.

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