It doesn’t matter what perspective you come from, if you are in any way involved with Christianity you will probably have an opinion about Rob Bell. This past weekend at Greenbelt was buzzing with talk of the man who would take to main stage on Saturday morning. People were intrigued by what he was going to say or do. Everyone loves a a scandal or controversy. Later when talking with people about who they had seen so far, Rob Bell seemed to be the topic of conversation that they would inevitably return to.
I don’t really have an opinion about the Rob Bell I saw at Greenbelt weekend. When I went to the big top for a later talk he was sitting on the grass four feet in front of us. I can confirm that Rob Bell is a mortal man. He eyeballed me as he left the venue and they are very much the eyes of a normal guy looking down the road in front of him.
There is a much more interesting take on the engaging nature of an encounter with Rob Bell on John Khurt’s blog. Here there is a fascinating post entitled “An Atheist’s Encounter With Rob Bell”. I suggest you read the whole thing as it is a great read. For now I will leave you the concluding paragraph (spoiler alert).
We live in in an age of continuous scientific development and this continues to raises doubts about all forms of faith. Rob Bell and like-minded Christians offer a potential conduit towards the restoration of credibility for Christianity. Furthermore, from a self-interested perspective, although not ‘a believer’, I feel more involved and included and, most importantly, open and curious towards faith and the message of Jesus.
Whatever your view of “that book” this is the sort of encounter with Christianity that the world is seeking.