Christine Pack: Universalism & “Love Wins”

April 22, 2011

Christine Pack of Sola Sisters returns this month to talk about Universalism, Christian Universalism, and Rob Bell's latest book Love Wins.

An outline of the interview is as follows:

  • We began by discussing the history of Universalism, which Christine argues goes all the way back to the Garden of Eden, when the serpent said to Eve “You shall surely not die.”
  • Origen as the first prominent Christian Universalist.
  • The rise of Universalism in the 19th Century, influenced heavily by the German philosophers of the day.
  • The Five Fundamentals, developed as a response to early 20th Century Liberalism:
    • The Deity of Christ
    • The Virgin Birth
    • The Blood Atonement
    • The Bodily Resurrection
    • The Inerrancy of Scripture
  • The rise of the “Seeker Sensitive” movement as a reaction to the perceived problems with “fundamentalism” and Conservative Christianity.
  • The influence of Rob Bell on today's Church, especially among youth.
  • The influence of the monastic “Desert Fathers” and “Contemplative Prayer” on Rob Bell.
  • Rob Bell's response to critics. We played the audio of Rob Bell giving an orthodox sounding pseudo-creed that uses Christian terms, but carry redefined meaning.
  • We concluded our discussion of Rob Bell by emphasizing the importance of good teaching, and listed several good ministries that we can recommend.
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