A friend of mine attended HarperOne’s “Live Global Event with Rob Bell” in NYC the other night, where Bell discussed (and signed) his book Love Wins. My friend wasn’t impressed, and among his multiple tweets about the evening he said this:
“Haven’t seen that much bobbing & weaving since Ali v. Frazier. Next time, have theologian do interview, not lightweight lackey journalist.”
Well, Bell followed up the event with an interview with MSNBC’s Martin Bashir, who is neither “lightweight” nor “lackey.” It didn’t go well for Bell. In fact, it was devastating.
Here are the cliff notes, Bashir’s exposing and scolding of a rather defenseless Bell:
Bashir: “What you’ve done is you’re amending the gospel, the Christian message, so that it’s palatable to contemporary people who find, for example, the idea of hell and heaven very difficult to stomach. So here comes Rob Bell, he’s made a Christian gospel for you, and it’s perfectly palatable, it’s much easier to swallow. That’s what you’ve done, haven’t you?”