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Not to Read Love Wins, by Rob Bell

  • The imbroglio surrounding the publication of Love Wins, by Rob Bell, has all the trappings of what will lead to the creation and application of litmus tests, which the guardians of evangelicalism will use to decide who is “in” and who is “out” of the groups they purport to lead.
  • It will be difficult, however, for the guardians of evangelicalism to apply these litmus tests to those who cannot have an opinion of the book.
  • One cannot have an opinion of the book, if one does not read it.

To Read Love Wins, by Rob Bell

  • Each guardian of evangelicalism probably will interpret one’s refusal to read Love Wins as an admission of one’s failure to pass the litmus test which that guardian promotes.
  • Not to read the book, then, runs the risk of being excluded by everyone in evangelicalism.
  • Reading the book, however, will allow one to endear oneself to at least one group within evangelicalism. However, the group to which one endears oneself may not be the faction in which one wants to hold membership.

Not to Read Love Wins, by Rob Bell

  • One should choose the evangelical faction in which one wants to hold membership.
  • Then one should formulate an opinion about the book which the guardians of that faction hold.
  • Then one should broadcast that opinion or at least express it without equivocation when asked for it.
  • Finally, in an attempt to hedge one’s bets against wrongly navigating these treacherous waters, one should also state that if he or she can be proven wrong, the opinion will be revised.

Lessons from Japan: Flee the Inevitable Fallout

  • Hunker down at home with plenty of canned food and bottled water.
  • Shut and seal the doors and windows, draw the shades, and turn on your newly purchased HEPA air purifier.
  • Cancel your internet and phone service for the next year or so.
  • Turn on the TV, grab a beverage, tear open a bag of chips, and watch basketball until the baseball season begins.

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