Given the title, back cover, and introduction of the book, unsuspecting readers might assume Francis Chan‘s book, Erasing Hell, is about, well, erasing Hell. It is anything but that. I wrote a blog, 5 Observations on Let’s-Talk-Later-People, a while back about an interview I watched in which Chan and his expert buddy, Preston Sprinkle, give some background about why they wrote the book. It basically started as a response to Rob Bell’s book, Love Wins, and then turned into something else. In Christianity Today’s article, Q&A: Francis Chan on Rob Bell and Hell, Mark Galli asked Chan, “Why did you write a book just on hell? It’s only one chapter in Bell’s book.” And Chan replied, “While his book spurred on this conviction that I need to respond, as I studied, my book became less and less of a response to Rob Bell and his book. More and more, I saw how studying hell was changing me. I saw a lot of sin I had to repent of and thought, ‘This is a much bigger issue.'” You’re right, Chan. The Hell doctrine is a much bigger issue than most Christians realize. In fact, it’s the undiagnosed Alzheimer’s of Christianity.
Given my time constraints with school at the moment, I must end this blog here, but I will be doing a series of blogs about this book.
Next blog: “What I Like about Chan’s Attitude“.
The blog after that: “Why Chan Can’t Erase Hell“.