Rob Bell Calling out Bullshit

Ryan Robinson

It is easiest to identify Ryan as both theologian and tech guy. By day, Ryan is a Technical Consultant work with PeaceWorks Technology Solutions. There, he works on websites, CRMs, and SharePoint implementations. Along with blogging here, Ryan is a founding member of the MennoNerds blogging network and a contributor to the book A Living Alternative.

7 Responses

  1. Andrew Mugford says:

    The problem is that Rob went on an apologetics show not willing to defend his position in the traditional style of apologetics. He comes across as more of a politician, sticking to his message, instead of answering a straight question. That more than anything, is what I find/found frustrating about him.

    I think he’s right in terms of pointing out the centrality of the eucharist as a symbol of unity and seeming to question whether we should divide over the point of homosexual unions. He’s also right in terms of what scares people away – but come on Rob, give a straight answer.

    • Yes, the point that it is an apologetics show is a fair critique. It’s pretty predictable that they would be pushing for concrete specific questions in an aggressive manner (at least that the other guest would; Justin, the host, is usually pretty fair). Maybe he shouldn’t have been on the show at all, but here’s the tough question: how do you help people elevate the conversation otherwise? In more personal settings that can happen a lot better, so maybe he (and others like me who are trying to do the same thing) should just be avoiding the public debate format in general.

      • Andrew Mugford says:

        Or find a way to make it your own, or host their own… it just didn’t seem to work. (and it is hard to think that Rob didn’t know what he was getting into; he received a worse thrashing about Love Wins on the same show). If you don’t listen carefully you’ll miss the good points he was making.

        • Yes, and Love Wins in my opinion was a similar attempt to elevate the conversation. And a lot of people completely missed it.

          • Andrew Mugford says:

            Is he in Hellbound? I haven’t had a chance to watch it yet.

          • I haven’t watched it since the Toronto screening, but from what I remember he isn’t in it at all but he is referenced at some point. The film started before the whole Love Wins controversy but since it put the question back on the table for people, probably really helping the success of Hellbound?, it does mention Bell and the controversy.

  2. Dar Win says:

    Rob Bell comes across as one confused person attempting to talk theology while mixing the Bible with Satan thinking.