Christian History magazine is now considering putting together a sort of handbook, resource guide, or annotated bibliography on the history of Christian thought about hell. This should aid the research of folks whose interest in the topic has been stirred by Rob Bell‘s Love Wins, which has the Christian blogosphere buzzing and as of this writing sits as www.amazon.com’s #16 book.
So next to my desk is an ample box of books on hell, and many more will arrive soon through interlibrary loan–because when I started searching the online catalogues of Twin Cities’ consortium of theological schools, I discovered an interesting thing: most local library copies of most books on this topic are now marked as “out.” This is no coincidence. It’s amazing how much influence a single book (e.g. Bell’s) can have in stirring up conversation and research on a single topic!
So for now, this post comes in the form of a request: Oh erudite reader, what Christian thinkers, movements, books, articles, must we not fail to consult in constructing our proposed “Handbook on the History of Hell in Christian Thought”? I look forward to hearing from many of you.
Yours in the hope of heaven,
- What if there is no hell? (religion.blogs.cnn.com)
- John MacArthur: Rob Bell Is Heretically Wrong! (antagoniz.wordpress.com)
- Hell Yes, Hell No: A Response to Rob Bell & Love Wins, Bobby Conway (rodiagnusdei.wordpress.com)
- Pastor Rob Bell: What if Hell Doesn’t Exist? (time.com)
- resources for learning about the rob bell controversy (jude3project.org)
- No Hell?: A mega-church ‘heretic’ takes on evangeical orthodoxy (life.nationalpost.com)
- What If Hell Doesn’t Exist? TIME’s Facebook Commenters Weigh In (newsfeed.time.com)