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Not Theology, but Authority: Rob Bell and the Evangelical Institutional Establishment

Not Theology, but Authority: Rob Bell and the Evangelical Institutional Establishment

Michael J Altman…….
Rob Bell challenges the authority of the (Calvinist) evangelical establishment and they don’t like it. For example, Bill Walker has a compared Bell’s ideas in Love Wins with conservative evangelical darling and Presbyterian Church in America pastor Tim Keller’s ideas in The Reason for God. As Walker lays it out, the two share a lot in common. They both lean heavily on C.S. Lewis for their ideas and Bell even cites Keller’s other bookProdigal God in his “further reading” section of Love Wins. Yet, Keller is beloved by those in the pews and quoted by those in the pulpits while Bell is dangerous.

Gold’s Gym & Scientology in an Age of Authenticity

Gold’s Gym & Scientology in an Age of Authenticity

By Kenny Smith….
Gold’s Gym and the Church of Scientology have recently featured some very interesting commercial videos on their websites, videos that have also (to some degree) ventured out into the broader culture. This leads to a rather intriguing question: why does Gold’s Gym employ precisely the sort of language that Scientology avoids?