Monday, April 9, 2012

Finger On Pulse

Given that it's been a while since I've inhabited the blogosphere, I thought I better post something voguish to get me back in step with the current climate. So here it is, a lecture on Rob Bell and universalism.

[Sits back to watch the hits clock up]

Okay so before you turn away in disgust at this flogged-to-death topic that died about a year ago, this is a very decent lecture by a Calvin/Barth scholar who has some good things to say about evangelism and theological method.

Finally, somewhat related to the present topic, here is what I take to be a key difference between Paul's evangelism (and evangel) and the evangelism that most 20th/21st Century Westerners are used to: We assume that the people we evangelise are going to die (either tonight in a car crash on the way home from the revival meeting or of old age or what have you) whereas Paul made no such assumption. In fact he may well have assumed the opposite. Our assumption compared with Paul's betray our opposing theological methods: We begin with human experiences, chiefly our anxiety over death, whereas Paul begins with Jesus, whose death, resurrection and return are the realities which we must be anxious over because he is our judge, and which we must not be anxious over because he is our redeemer.

Barth, Bell, and Hell from Calvin College on Vimeo.

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