Rob Bell: Evangelical subculture kicking, screaming, dying

Most people will focus on Rob Bell’s public support of marriage equality for gay people, and in either elation or frustration, miss the meat and potatoes of his comments – which have broad implications.

“I think we are witnessing the death of a particular subculture that doesn’t work. I think there is a very narrow, politically intertwined, culturally ghettoized, Evangelical subculture that was told “we’re gonna change the thing” and they haven’t. And they actually have turned away lots of people. And i think that when you’re in a part of a subculture that is dying, you make a lot more noise because it’s very painful. You sort of die or you adapt. And if you adapt, it means you have to come face to face with some of the ways we’ve talked about God, which don’t actually shape people into more loving, compassionate people. And we have supported policies and ways of viewing the world that are actually destructive. And we’ve done it in the name of God and we need to repent.”

Via.

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3 thoughts on “Rob Bell: Evangelical subculture kicking, screaming, dying

  1. I think we are witnessing the death of Bell’s subculture, which doesn’t work. The emergent church, along with the wheel it is busily reinventing viz. Methodist, Episcopal and Unitarian churches is shrinking.

    Yes, Rob Bell and Rachel Held Evans are cashing a few checks but, by and large, those who reject “conservative” theology are rejecting Christianity outright, which stands to reason.

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