Thinking Out Loud

April 30, 2011

Eugene Peterson Defends Endorsement of Love Wins

Tucked away in a corner of the blogosphere since mid-March — until CT unearthed it this week — is this little interview with The Message translator Eugene Peterson on the blog Love and Judgment, a blog created to highlight perspectives on the Love Wins controversy.   Since Peterson is a highly respected Hebrew and Greek scholar, his take on Rob Bell’s newest title surprised many.   Here is the link to the article, as well as, below, some highlights:

…I don’t agree with everything Rob Bell says.  But I think they’re worth saying.  I think he puts a voice into the whole evangelical world which, if people will listen to it, will put you on your guard against judging people too quickly, making rapid dogmatic judgments on people.  I don’t like it when people use hell and the wrath of God as weaponry against one another.

I knew that people would jump on me for writing the endorsement.  I wrote the endorsement because I would like people to listen to him.  He may not be right.  But he’s doing something worth doing…

…There’s very little Christ, very little Jesus, in these people who are fighting Rob Bell.



  1. In the heat of the battle, it seems everyone has been prone to divisive overstatement.

    While I am fully behind Peterson when it comes to everyone calming down and hearing Bell out (as well as, being calm in the discussion that follows hearing him out), it is divisive overstatement to say “… There is very little Christ, very little Jesus, in these people who are fighting Rob Bell.”

    I am disappointed that Eugene wrote that. Surely a writer as articulate as Peterson could calm himself down and weed out ad hominem sentiment from his remarks.

    To me, that statement is not far off John Piper’s wrongheaded Tweet, “So long, Rob Bell”.

    Comment by Jon Rising — April 30, 2011 @ 12:58 pm

  2. Amen.

    Comment by Brent — May 2, 2011 @ 8:24 am

    • Amen…that is, to Eugene Peterson.

      Comment by Brent — May 2, 2011 @ 8:26 am

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