I thought I was done with the Rob Bell posts. But when I heard that he appeared this morning on my favorite talking-head program “Morning Joe,” I knew I had one more. The video of Bell’s appearance is above. There’s nothing new here and certainly nothing hard-hitting. The only thing new that I got from this is that apparently Mika likes what he’s selling. The others sounded like they weren’t very interested in the interview. FWIW.
One more thing. In the clip below, Joe Scarborough asks Bell about others who label him a “heretic.” Bell answers this question in strange way. Here’s the relevant portion from the transcript:
Scarborough: Youâ€™ve been called a heretic by other pastors. Whatâ€™s your response to them?
Bell: That I’m actually not saying anything new and my interest has always been the good news of Jesus and as a pastor at an actual church in an actual town, I believe our world needs good news more than ever. Whatâ€™s fascinating about the word heretic is its roots come from a Greek word which means â€œable to choose.â€ Â So literally the origin of the word is somebody who’s able to chooseâ€¦ which puts an interesting spin on it, to say the least.
There is much that is wrong with this statement. First of all, it is another one of Bell’s etymological fallacy howlers. Despite its etymology, “heretic” does not denote “one who chooses.” Second, why is Bell trying to redeem the word “heretic”? Is he trying to suggest that being a heretic–one who chooses–isn’t such a bad thing? I thought this was really odd.