I want to hear Bell out on this. He’s asking some questions a lot of people seem to wonder about. A quick condemnation of him and his writing is seen by some as a condemnation of the question, I think. I look forward to his thoughts and interacting with his questions.
Quote from Bell’s book – “Some communities don’t permit open, honest inquiry about the things that matter most. Lots of people have voiced a concern, expressed a doubt, or raised a question, only to be told by their family, church, friends, or tribe:’“We don’t discuss those things here.’
Is this your community? Mine? Are we able to dialog or are we quick to push things under the rug and call names, like “heretic,” before we first embrace the other as a beloved child of God before they ascent to some kind of doctrinal position? I believe the capacity to express love like this reveals whether we’ve been paying attention to Jesus in the Scriptures or if we’ve been making God in our own image and desire again.
I look forward to the read.