Christ Alone: An Evangelical Response to Rob Bell's Love Wins
In this highly readable and wonderfully engaging response to Rob Bell's New York Times best seller Love Wins, Michael Wittmer examines Bell's claims about "heaven, hell, and the fate of every person who ever lived" in the light of the Bible and historic Christian doctrine. Wittmer writes in the introduction, "I respect Rob Bell. He wrote Love Wins to start a dialogue about the most important issues of our faith, and this book is my attempt as an evangelical to join that conversation."
From the preface by Michael Horton "[Rob Bell] gave us a wake-up call and Michael Wittmer has answered it.... Offering more light than heat, Christ Alone appreciates the attractiveness of Bell's questions and conclusions.... Avoiding caricature and personal attack, he carefully evaluates Bell's interpretations of Scripture. It's not a careless diatribe against a book, but filled with pastoral wisdom for perennial questions."
Free small-group, congregational, and individual study guides are available from the author and publisher for use with this book.
About the Author
Michael E. Wittmer, Ph.D., teaches systematic and historical theology at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. His previous books include Heaven Is a Place on Earth: Why Everything You Do Matters to God, and Don't Stop Believing: Why Living like Jesus Is Not Enough. He resides in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with his wife and children and speaks widely.
"With clarity and a gracious spirit, Wittmer provides a resource that I can hand my parishioners who are seeking answers to the questions raised in Rob Bell's "Love Wins.""
"Christ Alone is a gracious, respectful biblical and theological engagement with "Love Wins." Wittmer's astute questions help readers discern the strengths and weaknesses of Rob Bell's positions.
"Christ Alone provides a clear assessment of Rob Bell's "Love Wins." With skill and wit, Wittmer shows that in the end, God loves and wins only if he is truly and completely who he has revealed himself to be in both living and written Word."
"Readers will appreciate the combination of respect, insight, and conviction. Wittmer helps us to see that the Bible's message is not embarrassing, but a compelling story that fits the reality of God's holiness and the darkness of the human heart."
"Christ Alone deftly guides us in the art of listening to history and the text so that we might engage the conversation beyond the controversy. Not afraid to ask the questions, but ready to give an answer when there are answers to be given, Wittmer walks the line between mystery and revelation culminating in the cross and resurrection and the good news that love has already won."
"Wittmer's critique of Love Wins is fair, biblical, and loving. Readers learn or relearn biblical interpretations, biblical doctrines, teachings of historical church leaders, and an overall appreciation of who God is and what it means to live in the balance of God's grace and justice."