By now you may have read about Rob Bell, the Christian pastor whose declaration that hell may be empty (or at least a temporary stop on the way to eternal life) has launched a thousand blog posts.
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary president Al Mohler, (among others) says that Bell’s thesis is nothing new under the heretical sun. Others applaud Bell for preaching what they see as God’s infinite love. For a taste of the diversity of opinion on heaven, hell and who gets saved, check out On Faith’s panelists’ views this week. Over at Red Letter Christians, Jimmy Spencer suggests that the uproar over Bell represents something deeper than a run-of-the-mill debate over who is a blasphemer; Spencer suggests Christians are witnessing “a new split in Protestant evangelicalism:”
On one side you’ll have the Reformed Conservatives—entrenching and ‘expelling’ folks
On the other side you will see the Progressive Evangelicals—migrating toward work with mainline churches
Is Spencer right? What do you think of Bell’s thesis? What do you make of the controversy? What do you want to ask the man, the myth, (the heretic?) Rob Bell?
Bell will be at The Washington Post Tuesday for an interview with On Faith and we want to know what you want to know. Send us your questions in the comments section below or by using #AskRobBell on Twitter. We’ll select some of your questions to ask during our video interview.