Chris, I didn’t realize there were that many UR sites or, at least, ones that believe in EU, like this one. I suppose UR is more than just EU? Universalism, in general, I understand can tend to have people that have less respect for the bible, but EU? I probably would have assumed, if I didn’t know better, that ultra’s - no hell at death, didn’t take their bible serious. Aaron, on our site, takes it so seriously and has given me pause to consider his outlook, that is so different from mine.
I was sure I didn’t want to read Bell’s book either. I thought exactly like you, Chris, that I’ve already read Talbott/Parry and I love their depth. Sounded to me like Bell wouldn’t have much to offer me. But, my dad, Bob, came home really excited about it and so I’m reading it now. I’m finding it really refreshing! Actually, when he starts to go into some depth, like on the word “aion” etc. he starts to lose me (and I’m already at least a little familiar with this stuff). I wish he would stop trying to go into that stuff, leave it to the Talbott’s/Parrys, because he has such a gift in telling stories to make his point. If everyone had the same style, approach, now wouldn’t that be boring!There are some things I hadn’t considered, as a result of Talbott’s and Parry’s approach, that he’s gotten me thinking about. He will really have people thinking about the questions we are all wrestling with. I’m impressed that it is a book that is easier to read and may be a great introduction for people. Bell has made an enormous contribution to our cause and we should really be thanking him!
I’ve witnessed so much going round and round on scripture, missing the love, even arguing who God loves. I’ve seen it have little affect on people’s hearts. Jesus, after all, loved stories/parables. He must have been a Bell! Lucky for his hearers! I’m in for a break from the tit for tat, law loving, love lacking, pharisee-like, let’s break down your heresy approach. And am, instead, just soaking up the read of an inspirational view of the love of God, his purpose, plan to do it, and our part in that. It’s got plenty of scripture, but that flows in such a natural way. It’s hard not to marvel at that.