I have been an avid reader of the Jesus Creed blog for over five years. Scot McKnight, primary author of the blog, is a New Testament scholar at North Park University near Chicago and an author who seems to be writing about things that really matter.
He has already responded to Rob Bell’s book Love Wins. In the link below one of his co-contributors, Jeff Cook, shares a few thoughts about the recent spate of books on hell, including both Bell’s book and Francis Chan’s apparent, written response. The following excerpt makes clear why a conversation about the nature of hell (its purpose, duration, techniques, etc.)
“Bell’s not alone in caring for such people. Many of us have personally rejected Christianity or have friends and family who will not consider our God because he chooses eternal conscious torment for the damned. The hell described by Chan and Sprinkle is not difficult to believe in conceptually (like the trinity); it is not difficult to believe because of apparent inconsistencies (like the inerrancy of scripture); eternal conscious torment is difficult to believe because it makes the character of God look repugnant—”
You can read the rest of this article at McKnight’s blog: Erasing Hell – A Response (Jeff Cook)