One thing I know for sure is that Rob Bell has started a furious discussion on eternal life. I continue to be intrigued with what Bell’s book alludes to as far as our eternities and the ability to secure that this side of death.
I have read various reviews and depending on their support of Bell or not, you get a review heavily opinionated and passionate. I have yet to hear from Bell himself, whether it be in his writings or in an interview. Until today.
MSNBC’s Martin Bashir interviewed Bell recently and below is a video of that interview. What do you think? Is Bell judged before he arrives? Did he hire David Axlerod as his publicist? Did he really say anything at all?
From this interview I draw a few conclusions. One, Bell doesn’t say much. Maybe it is hard to lock a postmodern thinker down into one complete, absolute answer. That rings true with this interview.
Secondly, there seems to be more explanation needed if I am going to buy into this being a healthy book for the church. Lastly, Bashir brought it. He was intellectual, direct and appeared to want to save the dancing for prom. Bell is a very intelligent person. He looked defensive during this interview.
It is still hard for me to fall too hard on one side without reading the book, but based on the lack of explanation here and the reviews I have read from both sides, there will need to be more done to convince me this is a book worth reading for the church. Have you read the book? Can we make a decision on Bell without reading the work first? What were your first thoughts on the interview?