Prosperity Fuels the Decline of Faith

Time recently published a cover story, "Is Hell Dead?" about a "rogue pastor" called Rob Bell in Michigan. We don't know for sure that anyone is in hell, he argues. Maybe, but fantasizing free heaven passes for all doesn't make much sense, especially for a pastor. If Bell's message is that his parishioners are all going to enjoy an eternity of bliss whether they go to church or not, it's only a matter of time before they stop going. "The doctrine of universal salvation turns out to be as deterministic as the more strident forms of scientific materialism," Ross Douthat wrote.

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