Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Erasing Hell by Francis Chan and Preston Sprinkle

I think Francis Chan and Rob Bell need to hold a debate. These are two elegant speakers with big ideas and have celebrity status among the religious (or anti-religious. Depending on who you talk to).

Erasing Hell is Chan's contribution to the hell-and-the-eternal-destination-of-man discussion. He takes issue with Bell's views and desires to explore Scripture for the actual answers instead of using human emotion.

Chan begins by stating that he'd like everyone to go to heaven. (Who wouldn't) Then he wrestles with the evidence he finds as he explores the Bible.

Chan believes that people will go to hell. He then goes an inch further and states that it might be biblical to believe in annihilation (the idea that people won't suffer in hell forever but cease to exist).

The book is designed to look like something Rob Bell would produce. These two guys really need to hold a national debate. I think it would be very rewarding for everyone. The way they express ideas and challenges are exactly what churchgoers need.

If only other Christians could be as graceful as these men. We have enough spite.

This book was provided for review, at no cost, by David C. Cook Publishing.

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