“[Bell] suggests that the redemptive work of Jesus may be universal â€” meaning that, as his book’s subtitle puts it, ‘every person who ever lived’ could have a place in heaven, whatever that turns out to be.”
Every year during Easter season, the news weeklies like to feature stories that tweak traditional Christian belief (for example, The Gospel of Judas, the tomb of Jesus, etc.). For these publications, Holy Week has become heresy week. I think it says something that Bell’s book has now taken a place next to these kinds of stories.
For those who are just joining this conversation and perhaps are wondering what to make of Bell’s book, let me point you to some resources that have come out over the last month or so. I wrote an extensive review of Bell’s book last month, and you can read it here. I think, however, that the definitive review of this book has been written by Kevin DeYoung. If you only have time to read one review, read his.
Southern Seminary hosted a panel discussion of the book last month, and you can watch it below:
The Gospel Coalition also hosted a panel discussion this morning that was fantastic. I highly recommend it as well. Download it here, or listen below.[audio:http://tgc-audio.s3.amazonaws.com/2011-conference/sessionpanel_lovewins.mp3]