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The Last Word And The Word After That.

The Last Word And The Word After That

Brian McLaren

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The Last Word And The Word After That: A Tale of Faith, Doubt, And A New Kind Of Christianity by Brian McLaren (Founding Pastor of nondenominational Cedar Ridge Community Church) challenges Chrsitians to rethink their assumptions about hell while offering a new understanding of God's justice and mercy. The sequel to "A New Kind of Christian" and "The Story We Find Ourselves In", The Last Word And The Word After That is written in the style of a narrative novel but focuses on a discourse about what hell really is and how Christians conceive of it. Conventional doctrine is all too quick to portray God as a sociopath, loving one minute and vicious the next. Through soul-searching dialogues, the characters of The Last Word And The Word After That debunk common misperceptions of the depiction of hell in Scripture--many of its fiery notions actually come from the poets Dante and John Milton, and hell is not revealed in the Old Testament; it is first mentioned by Jesus. A challenging, emotional, and faitfhully resonant examination of belief, what it means, and new ways of understanding divine justice, punishment, and the problem of evil.
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Author:Bethany, Susan
Publication:Reviewer's Bookwatch
Article Type:Brief Article
Date:Sep 1, 2005
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