Another short tease. If Fitch is right, Bell’s book, Love Wins, could easily be an “irruption of the Real.” Now that does not mean to suggest Bell offers the “Real” theology, or that his book offers the “true/right story.” It does, however, mean that the antagonisms represented in the wildly divergent responses to Bell point to something that cannot be contained in one system or the other, it cannot be “caged” in an ideology.
When that “Real” irrupts, borrowing from Zizek mediated through Fitch, what is exposed are the underlying issues glossed over as a large group hopes to maintain its posture in the world, or its hegemonic position. As such, the “irruption of the Real,” de-stablizes” and requires participants to address the underlying antagonisms at work.
Here one may think about Andrew Jones’s response to the early condemnations and Fitch’s own conjecture at this point. My friend David, for instance, was compelled to take another look at Hell and wrote a series on the subject. He found value in the questions being raised afresh as it forced him to consider just how Hell functioned/s in as Jesus used the term(s) we translate Hell.
(Links to come. Another busy day.)
UPDATE: Links added.