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Firestorm grows over 'Christian heresy' book
March 8th, 2011
12:49 PM ET

Firestorm grows over 'Christian heresy' book

By Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

The firestorm around Rob Bell has grown considerably in the last week.  Now the leadership of his Mars Hill Bible Church is rushing to his defense, and we're learning more about the fight to publish his controversial new book.

Last week, we reported that conservative Christian blogger Justin Taylor suggested Bell's yet-to-be-released book, "Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived," was heading towards universalism ─ a dirty word in Christian circles that suggests everyone goes to heaven and there is no hell.

Taylor's claim ─ based on a description of the book released by publisher HarperOne and a promotional video ─ ignited a wave of criticism against, and a counter-wave of support for, Bell. Some critics went so far as to label Bell a heretic. Prominent evangelical pastors on both the right and left rushed to condemn or defend the Michigan pastor.

Al Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, called the promotion of the book the "sad equivalent of a theological striptease." Brian McLaren, who has also been branded a heretic in the past, marveled at the fact people would throw around the "h" word "without actually grappling with the issues and questions the books raised."

The controversy even caught the staff at Bell's church off-guard. On Sunday, Brian Mucchi, an assistant pastor, told the church they knew a controversy could come, they just didn't expect it to come so soon, according to a church member who was at the service but did not want to be identified.

Mucchi told congregants at Mars Hill Bible Church in Grandville, Michigan, the church Bell founded, that the entire leadership team had read the book and was excited about its release. He put up pictures of Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga and told the audience that while those two stars were not trending on Twitter last weekend,  Bell was.

Shane Hipps, Mars Hill Bible Church's teaching pastor, addressed the congregation about the book before he preached on Sunday. "On a personal note, when you get to see a very dear friend spend a year of his life working to create, pouring blood, sweat and tears into something that before it even releases become this incredible phenomenon, it's just extremely thrilling," Hipps said, according to audio of the service posted on YouTube.

Hipps pointed out for context that Bell's unreleased book is outselling the latest release by Pope Benedict XVI on Amazon.com.

"This book will irreparably, irrevocably, irreversible change Rob's life and change a lot of the things in the life of this community. These are good things, but he needs prayer.  And not because he's fragile but because he's a leader, and leaders need prayer," Hipps continued.

"We are not anxious about this at all. Because I promise you when you get to read the book, you will find that it is fresh and liberating ─ but that it rests firmly in the wide screen of Orthodox Christianity and in the history of Christianity it fits perfectly.  You will be very much at ease," he said.

The church has said it will not comment on the book publicly in an official capacity until it is released and did not respond to repeated requests for interviews with its leadership team.

The book was scheduled to be released March 29, but Harper One pushed the release up to March 15 ─ next Tuesday.

“All retailers won’t get it on the same day, but it will finally give his readers a chance to hear what he’s saying,” Mark Tauber, senior vice president and publisher at HarperOne, told CNN.

He said the controversy swirling is unlike anything else he has seen in this category of books. "I'm not sure I’ve ever seen this amount of anticipation," he said.

"Love Wins" is Bell's first book since his break from Zondervan, the Christian publisher based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, that published Bell's first four books and also publishes the New International Version of the Bible, one of the most popular translations of the Bible among evangelicals.

Bell's split from Zondervan came in part over this new book. "The break with Zondervan was amicable," Tauber said. "In the end the president of Zondervan made the decision. The proposal came in and they said, 'This proposal doesn’t fit in with our mission.' "

Zondervan would not discuss its relationship with Bell but released a statement:

Zondervan has published four books by Rob Bell, as well as numerous Nooma videos in which Rob was featured. We published these titles because we believed they were consistent with Zondervan’s mission statement and publishing philosophy. We still believe these titles are impactful with their message and positive contribution and intend to continue to publish them.

Tauber said when he got the call that Bell's new book was up for bid, HarperOne jumped at the chance.

“There were at least four or five major publishers that were involved in bidding for this book," he said. When pressed for financial figures of the deal, he said, "We’re talking a six-figure deal for the advance, but I can’t say more than that."

Tauber said HarperOne had been "keeping an eye on him" since Bell's first book, "Velvet Elvis," came in as a proposal. That book went on to sell 500,000 copies. Bell skyrocketed to prominence with the the Nooma series, which were short teachings by Bell, away from the pulpit and with indie film sensibilities.

The high production values and quick releases of the short films made them a hit in evangelical circles.  In them Bell honed his trademark style of asking tough traditional questions about faith and exploring them from angles other than traditional answers.

Bell will speak publicly for the first time since the controversy erupted on March 14 at a forum sponsored by his publisher and moderated by Lisa Miller, an editor at Newsweek magazine.

Bell once told me he doesn't like to engage in what he called "blog kung fu," the back-and-forth debates that percolate across the web. He may not have a choice this time. With the release of the book right around the corner and a long tour schedule to promote it, Bell just may find himself having to hit back.

On March 4 Bell posted this message on his website:

I’m thrilled to let you know I have a new book coming out called "Love Wins." It releases on March 15 and the night before (March 14) I’ll be speaking in New York City. The event will be at 7 p.m. and it will be streamed live at livestream.com/lovewins. I’ll be taking questions.

If the interest before the release is any indication, Bell will have plenty of questions to answer.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Belief • Books • Christianity • Church • Michigan • United States

soundoff (313 Responses)
  1. kim

    I am an atheist and I don't like what this guy is preaching. Everyone goes to heaven? Are you telling me I've been trying all my life to go to the one place I don't have to put up with these god soaked dumb azzes, into the company of fun, rational people and he's taking that away from me? What kind of a message is that?

    March 9, 2011 at 6:14 am |
  2. npguy

    Please Jesus protect us from your followers...

    March 9, 2011 at 6:00 am |
  3. AaronS

    The "H-word" (heresy) is used PRECISELY because certain preachers and theologians do not want to grapple with the issue. If they can confuse the issue, squelch the issue, by simply calling it heresy, it saves them from having to explain how a good God can send people to burn forever and ever and ever who never even had a chance to be saved.

    For those who accept Original Sin, the H-word keeps them from having to explain why an infant must burn for eternity because it happened to die three days after birth (...and why they came up with such non-scriptural things as "infant baptism" and "the age of accountability").

    Again, the H-word is the theological equivalent of being called a communist in the 1950s. Suddenly, it doesn't matter what you were saying, how valid your point was, or how sincerely you came to your conclusion. Nope, all that matters is that you are blacklisted.

    As a Christian, I do want such things discussed. How are all tears to be wiped from our eyes if we know that, right then and forevermore, some dear loved one is in unbearable torment in a flaming lake of fire? If God is no more merciful than that, then we have good reason to ask just how He ultimately differs from the Aztec gods who required human sacrifice, or the Olmec gods who felt that rain was brought about by the tears of sacrificed children.

    March 9, 2011 at 5:54 am |
  4. herrsonic

    II don't like this guy. He contradicts my belief that good people like me will go to Heaven and bad people will go to Hell. How am I going to take pleasure unless I see a bad person suffer in Hell?

    March 9, 2011 at 4:14 am |
    • Gumby

      Ha ha. You perfectly captured the mindset of the typical Christian fundamentalist. Well played.

      March 9, 2011 at 6:23 am |
  5. John

    Blown away by what appears to be so much ignorance in many of these posts! Or better put, contempt prior to investigation. I really don't have an opinion on Rob Bell's book as I haven't read it. However, this is a sad commentary on the part of those who are seizing this as an opportunity to just talk out their butts. Ridiculous! If you have this much time on your hands, do something meaningful.

    March 9, 2011 at 12:20 am |
    • herrsonic

      Talking out of one's butt is what you would call "universalism."

      March 9, 2011 at 4:11 am |
  6. Reality

    A repeat book promotion by the moderators of this blog in order to increase sales and their take of the profit?-–

    March 8, 2011 at 11:52 pm |
  7. michael

    Just because someone sweats, works, pours out of themselves for a year or lengthy bit of time does not automatically qualify what they have developed, to be right or even worthy of merit. Look at what Darwin, "Planned parenthood" – (murder inc.), IRS, govt., and many other examples have brought to pass. Length of time and effort applied does not neccesarily equal good. Michael P.S. Psalms 14:1

    March 8, 2011 at 11:50 pm |
    • Void

      And likewise, as a work isn't fit to be called valuable simply because it took years, you aren't fit to devalue it simply because you took a few seconds to examine it.

      March 9, 2011 at 6:09 am |
  8. SJC

    SOG : Have you been smoking that Jesus weed again?

    March 8, 2011 at 11:13 pm |
  9. Servant of G*d

    I love JESUS...AMEN...and the KINGDOM OF HEAVEN ROARRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!AHHH THE PoWER of the Cosmossss.....I am the Earth strangers shall know this the hard way. I PITY NIBIRU WITH EVERYTHING IN IT.!!! satan I shall have your Hyde.........!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! your ass is mine........ROAR

    March 8, 2011 at 11:06 pm |
  10. Servant of G*d

    Behold fallen ones...I COME QUICKLY, IM TALKING TO YOU ANUNAKKIS, .....Through Jesus divine brother, I have found Amen his father...ROAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!I am thunder,wind, rain, behold I am what I am a son of a LIVING GOD,!!!!!!! SIRIUS>>hello starbrothers, I love all.

    March 8, 2011 at 11:01 pm |
  11. doresearch

    "Nobody knows what's next, but everybody does it."

    – George Carlin

    March 8, 2011 at 11:01 pm |
  12. Maxx

    Good evening;

    Just a thought. Having not yet read the book, I'm not sure this is relevant, but if I understand this article it appears that Pastor Bell may be advocating that all people are going to heaven and questions the existence of a literal Hell?

    My thinking lies in this: If Hell does in fact exist in the literal, then I don't really care to read any such literature by anyone and listen to them lie about its non-existence.

    On the other hand, if Hell does NOT exist, then I do not need Pastor Bell or anyone else associated with any religion – theistic or atheistic – they make absolutely no difference, if, Hell does not literally exist.

    And, if everyone is going to end up in heaven anyway, I still do not need Pastor Bell or anyone else – what difference do they make? What difference does any of it make or what I do? Universalism is illogically based on a sort of cosmic determinism that quite frankly, is metaphysically impossible to prove.

    Think about it – if universalism is true, than the theist and the atheist shall one find each other in heaven together. But then, that might actually be Hell for the atheist – so – perhaps a literal Hell does at least logically and potentially exist?

    March 8, 2011 at 11:01 pm |
    • Mike

      Touche

      March 8, 2011 at 11:09 pm |
    • John Richardson

      Very poorly thought out. Those who would worship a god that would torture ANYONE, let alone everyone outside their faith (and for most, this seems to mean everyone outside their sect – Christians consign other Christians to hell all the time) clearly have a an absolutely astonishing level of contempt for others Note the critical word 'worship'. Mere belief that there is a god who is a cosmic sociopath is not the issue. But when you WORSHIP such a being, one has to wonder. And there are real world effects. In the past, torture of non-believers or suspected witches has been justified by the "but we are trying to save them from hell, which is so much worse" argument and while few would try to get away with making that argument overly today, one wonders how much the basic thought continues to inform the thinking of those who want to declare the US a "Christian nation", Wherever Christianity has held unquestioned power, there have been wars and pogroms galore done in the name of their vicious god. If Christianity has backed off some from its worst historical abuses, it's only because it's been forced to the the post-enlightenment world by a rationality and general insistence on valuing humans as humans. Secular humanism at its best. If universalism encourages true compassion among those who insist on having specific beliefs about the unknowable afterlife, it'll be a force for good in the world without question.

      What I do find ridiculous about pretty much ALL debates about the afterlife is the stark all or nothingism re bliss and pain. Why would any afterlife necessarily be either unending bliss or relentless pain? As far as I can see it, NO ONE deserves unending bliss, and surely no one deserves it just for signing up with the right sect. And frankly even the true monsters of history don't deserve unending pain. Yeah, Hitler deserves to feel all the pain he caused and that is a debt that will tale some serious amount of time to discharge. But insofar as he did not cause literally infinite pain, a punishment of an eternity of torment doesn't fit even his numerous gargantuan crimes. So IF the afterlife ARE about justice, neither heaven nor hell as traditionally defined or conceived could possibly be part of it.

      This is actually where some Buddhist and Hindu conceptions of reincarnation and karma make a lot more ethical sense than western-style afterlife beliefs. But of course, the presumption that justice is automatically done by cosmic powers when we die is just that, a presumption, and one moreover based entirely on our DESIRE to see some justice done in the end. (And of course, hypocrisy rides high here. We want to see the ones we love rewarded and those who upset us punished. Well, we an loved ones have all caused pain at some point.)

      March 9, 2011 at 4:50 am |
  13. Tim

    There is no universalisim, whereby everyone "good" goes to heaven. Jesus said of all those who gain life, that these would be "few" in number at Matthew 7:14, whereas the vast majority of mankind are on the 'road to destruction '.(Matt 7:13) Of these "few" that pleases God, Jesus said that only a "little flock" (Luke 12:32) would go to heaven to serve in the official capacity as "kings and priests."(Rev 5:10)

    These are numbered as 144,000 who have been "bought....out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation."(Rev 5:9; 14:1,3) Though an individual is chosen by Jehovah God to serve as "kings and priests", these must prove themselves as "counted worthy of the kingdom of God"(2 Thess 1:5), by their "endurance and faith in all (their) persecutions and the tribulations" that these must bear.(2 Thess 1:4)

    In addition, there is no "hell" as taught by the churches, that of an everlasting torment. Various Bibles, such as the King James Bible, has wrongfully rendered the Greek words hades and Gehenna as "hell" and "hellfire". When the King James Bible was first published in 1611, the word "hell" did not have the meaning eternal torment, but rather of concealing something, for the Encarta Dictionary says: "Old English hel(l) . Ultimately from an Indo-European word meaning “to conceal,” which is also the ancestor of English conceal."(Microsoft® Encarta® Reference Library 2005) Hence, when putting potatoes in a cellar for storage, these were spoken of as "helling potatoes" or concealing them.

    And of "hell", at Revelation 20:14 says that "death and hell were hurled into the lake of fire." Thus, "hell" (hades or mankind's common grave) is destroyed by being thrown into the "lake of fire" or everlasting destruction.

    March 8, 2011 at 10:59 pm |
    • Cecilia

      Tim, if you are a Jehovas Witness I would urge you to get a non JW bible and compare it. The Church came before the canon of scripture was even determined (or written) JW's began under 200 years ago and (I say this politely) have no authority to teach in the name of God. Please check your facts, Jesus makes clear that heaven and hell are indeed realities. The JW's have distorted everything that Christians believe and of course use the Bible (A Catholic book) to back up their beliefs.

      March 9, 2011 at 12:17 am |
  14. James

    Ever notice religion divides us? It does not help this earth. It destroys what it touches. But it sure does make money and controls most all groups. If there is a hell, then there is a Bible/Koran in it, and given to all who attend there. They will never get out if they dare eat from it's pages of good and evil.

    March 8, 2011 at 10:57 pm |
  15. john stiles

    hahah – something comes to mind:

    Sir Bedevere: There are ways of telling whether she is a witch.
    Peasant 1: Are there? Oh well, tell us.
    Sir Bedevere: Tell me. What do you do with witches?
    Peasant 1: Burn them.
    Sir Bedevere: And what do you burn, apart from witches?
    Peasant 1: More witches.
    Peasant 2: Wood.
    Sir Bedevere: Good. Now, why do witches burn?
    Peasant 3: ...because they're made of... wood?

    March 8, 2011 at 10:49 pm |
    • Justin

      Sir Bedivere: Exactly. Now, how do you tell if she is made of wood?
      Peasant 1: Build a bridge out of her!
      Sir Bedivere: Aha! But can you not also build bridges out of stone?
      Peasant 1: Oh yeah.
      Sir Bedivere: Does wood sink in water?
      Peasant 1: No, it floats. Throw her into the pond!

      March 8, 2011 at 10:59 pm |
  16. SJC

    All very interesting comments. Regardless of how or why, every day life and death goes on. If we see each other again after we die, we can continue to debate how and why. So let there be peace among us all!

    March 8, 2011 at 10:42 pm |
  17. Apocatequil

    As Apocatequil, god of lightning (ka-booom...lol) I am ok with this book. I hadn't actually heard of the god he is referring too (I don't think it is real..at least I haven't seen it around Inca Heaven)...but it was a fun read...like Harry Potter....

    March 8, 2011 at 10:33 pm |
    • El Kababa

      This mocking deity is as real as any other. Hail, Apocatequil! God of Thunder and Voice of Wisdom. We bow to Thee and kiss Thy Cosmic Butt. We humble ourselves before Your Magestic Largeness. How we quail before Thy Mighty Wrath. Please kill my enemies, let me win the lotto, and make me get pregnant. Amen.

      March 8, 2011 at 10:44 pm |
    • Apocatequil

      kill?!? good lawrd no....well, if I have, it was accidental, and only golfers. Re the other requests, i can only advise that you keep "playing"..and good luck...I only do lightning...(ka-boom!)...haha...that never get's old!

      March 8, 2011 at 10:49 pm |
    • Chato

      El Kababa you need to tone down the rhetoric. I did expect more from a self-confessed atheist and self-made man – I'm rather disappointed. God is not your problem neither the spirituality, you have serious anger issues. Take your drill Sargent with you – God knows he needs help too.
      Get some help and then come back

      March 8, 2011 at 11:09 pm |
    • ScottK

      @Chato – "God is not your problem". If only that were true. God has been mans problem for centuries, and man has been laboring beneath it often killing, sometimes healing, but mostly spending countless lifespans in the service of imaginary beings. What most doctors now call psychosis or epilepsy, the religious call afflicted or possessed and strap them to beds and attempt to beat or pray (or both) the demons out. What most understand to be common variables in our genetic makeup that cause some to be attracted to the same s ex the religious call deviants and sinners who have been persecuted and murdered for centuries. If only God weren't mans problem.

      March 9, 2011 at 3:08 am |
    • Gumby

      ScottK – Beautifully and eloquently stated.

      March 9, 2011 at 6:19 am |
    • FlamingJesus

      Wait...are you really Charlie Sheen?

      April 4, 2011 at 7:26 pm |
  18. El Kababa

    Speculating about how many people go to Heaven or Hell is a pretty meaningless activity. If there is a Heaven or Hell, no one has ever come back from either place to tell us about it.

    It would be equally meaningful if I were to speculate about how many blue-eyed men named Bhlertn live on the imaginary planet Zoomxoon – which I just now invented.

    It is just more of the endless theological squabbling that every religion engages in endlessly, generation after generation.

    March 8, 2011 at 10:29 pm |
    • BR

      No one Except Jesus came back

      March 8, 2011 at 10:44 pm |
    • El Kababa

      BR, you say that Jesus came back.
      I say that Jesus' bones are under some parking lot in Jerusalem.
      As my drill sargeant told me in 1970, "Opinions are like anal orifices. Everybody has one."

      March 8, 2011 at 10:47 pm |
    • doresearch

      Actually a woman named Mrs. Matilda Higginbotham of Slithering Falls,
      Nebraska, came back. She had been to Hell. It was reported that she
      went there in a hand basket, but came back like a bat. She gave one
      interview about her experience, on a pilot TV show called "70 minutes".
      The pilot was never run, the tape is long gone, as is Mrs. Higginbotham.
      We'll never know what actually happened, unless, of course, she comes
      back a second time.

      March 8, 2011 at 10:57 pm |
  19. Tim

    I always find it interesting that athiests hang out on "Belief Blog". Do Christians hang out on "Disbelief Blog"? I find the athiests on this blog as equally annoying as the right wing fundamentalists. I mean, there's never anything clever or new about your arguments and there's not a chance that you're changing a single person's mind with them. Are you bored? Are you bound and determined to shout somebody into submitting to your ideas? I simply don't understand the dedication that is involved in trolling blogs when the world is full of real problems that need addressing.

    That said, all indications (the promo video) certainly seem to point to a Universalist's point of view. If, like Brian McLauren, Bell decides to leave the question unanswered, then he'll be making a mistake. Our mission as leaders is to, as best we can, point people to the truth. Leaving important theological questions up in the air is irresponsible in a public forum. I've loved Bell's past work, and I'm inclined to want to leave people asking questions. But this method of teaching also lead to the Jehovah's witnesses so one must be careful to always – and at least eventually – lead back to truth.

    March 8, 2011 at 10:27 pm |
    • doresearch

      Tim, I am not an atheist. I am an agnostic. I am prepared to believe anything, but not until someone produces proof. So, I "hang out" on these types of blogs, waiting for someone to write something convincing. In the meantime, while I wait, allow me to say that atheists and agnostics have a right to comment on anything to do with religion. Why? Because through the taxes that we pay we help finance the tax exemptions enjoyed on the very large amount of property owned/controlled by organized religion in the United States. No taxation without representation. Ours may not be the "word" you are yearning to hear, but through no fault of our own we paid for a seat at this circus. If only someone would allow a tax deduction for being an atheist or agnostic, believe me, I would gladly take it and shut my mouth and put away my pen on this subject forever. And with that, a pleasant good night to all.

      March 8, 2011 at 11:12 pm |
    • Roi

      Yes... If you go to any variety of rational thought oriented blogs and posting boards you'll find xtians and the like.

      March 8, 2011 at 11:18 pm |
    • Void

      Tim: I'll remember this sentiment the next time I'm approached by a raving Christian fanatic with a fistful of pamphlets, telling me I need to repent before the end of the world, (apparently which, weather permitting, should probably be some time in May). He'll practically shower me in tracts and fliers, desperately trying to convince me that I'm a wretched sinner and that I'm a hell-bound heathen abomination that needs to plead for merciful judgment, which is a pretty specific observation for someone who knows absolutely nothing about me. I'll look up from my newspaper at his frothing, twitching face, his eyes almost hungry and lustful at the prospect of "saving" me, and then I'll think, "Well, at least he's not another atheist calmly laying out his argument". Broad-brushing sure is easy, isn't it Tim?

      I won't apologize if fellow atheists get vocal. We're by far the slimmest and least understood minority in America, but we're growing steadily and rapidly.

      March 9, 2011 at 3:09 am |
    • myklds

      Christians might hang-out in disbelief blog if there's any, but the catch is, there aint any. So let's remain patient to these bunch of board squatters.LOL

      March 9, 2011 at 3:35 am |
    • James

      So, what you're saying, therefore, is that you think that each person should stick to their own echo chamber of religious belief or non-belief, right? What you find "annoying", dear sir, is that smart people come here and challenge your "beliefs", which fall down under scrutiny and make you look foolish for proposing or believing them. Smart people seek out contradictory opinions – dumb people (like yourself) seek out echo chambers and are "annoyed' when somebody bursts into their little non-thought bubble.

      March 9, 2011 at 5:11 am |
    • yeshua1

      Good point, I have to agree. I find it amusing that there are people who claim they are tired of having "faith" forced on them, when they go out of their way to seek out christian articles on the faith blog. Perhaps they should seek out articles about things they ARE interested in, and stop anatagonizing themselves.

      March 9, 2011 at 5:30 am |
    • Gumby

      Roi said: "Yes... If you go to any variety of rational thought oriented blogs and posting boards you'll find xtians and the like."

      EXACTLY. Every time non-Christians start a discussion thread about atheism, agnosticism, apostasy or the like, the Christian godbots come flocking in droves to tell us we're wrong and that we're going to hell, etc. They actively try to take over boards in order to drown out any voices that don't agree with them. I get tired of Christian hypocrisy!

      March 9, 2011 at 6:16 am |
    • J BRITT

      doresearch, what does writing on a blog have to do with taxes and voting?

      March 9, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
    • FlamingJesus

      Well if we weren't here this would just be a christian circle jerk.

      April 4, 2011 at 7:23 pm |
  20. Oldwise1

    By the way, for those of you who are so quick to dismiss God based on what you feel is a lack of empirical evidence, I would point out that much of what you hold dear also remains in the realm of theory.

    March 8, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
    • El Kababa

      You don't know what a theory is.

      March 8, 2011 at 10:41 pm |
    • SBC

      Theory? What theory? Just read the Bible.

      March 9, 2011 at 12:02 am |
    • ScottK

      Most people, especially Christians, do not know the difference between a "theory" and "scientific theory". If you are one of those thinking "Huh?" then look it up.

      March 9, 2011 at 2:54 am |
    • James

      you may be old, but you are not wise. clearly, you don't know what the term "theory" means, and are instead hanging your hat on the thinnest of rationales. Why, if what you say is true, then you should have no problems stepping in front of a moving train (don't actually do this) since newton's laws are just unproven, and, ultimately flawed theories.

      I find it amazing how religious idiots, who like to harp on the idea of "universal truths" suddenly turn into the most weak-kneed relativists when they try to make this particular nonsense argument.

      March 9, 2011 at 5:09 am |
    • kim

      Unfortunately for you, God does not remotely qualify as a theory.

      March 9, 2011 at 6:07 am |
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