Book Review: Francis Chan’s Erasing Hell

Book Review: Francis Chan’s Erasing Hell

Book Review: Francis Chan’s Erasing Hell

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“.

Comments
  • rain September 22, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    “The Hell doctrine is a much bigger issue than most Christians realize. In fact, it’s the undiagnosed Alzheimer’s of Christianity.”
    …that is brilliant.

  • Mary Vanderplas September 23, 2011 at 7:10 am

    It is a big issue, I agree. While I don’t subscribe to a doctrine of eternal torment or even annihilation, I can understand where people like Chan and others who do are coming from in the sense that they are concerned about doing justice to the biblical picture of the stern side of God’s justice as well as about taking seriously the fact that our actions in this life matter. For me, though, the bigger issue – or one of them, anyway – is whether the triumph of God’s love – God’s “cosmic inclusion plan,” to borrow a phrase from Fleming Rutledge – in the end must mean that everyone will spend eternity with God or whether God will allow some to live in their self-chosen alienation from him and others.

    Well, I’m sure you’ll be getting into the issues. (About the book, I think I would ask for my money back…)

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