I guess many people will know already that Hellbound the Movie is set for release in the US on September 21st. Kevin Miller asked me last year if I’d do an interview for it, but I was in Dubai and he was in the US, and it never happened. That was a missed opportunity. I’m now back in London, and hopefully I will get a chance to see the film here at some point.
You can probably judge from the trailer which way the polemical wind is blowing, but it looks like we will get a good range of scandalized, soul-searching, indignant, sardonic, high-minded, common-sense, bleeding-heart opinion from across the theological spectrum. Not to mention snide. There’s a nice moment near the beginning of the trailer when Mark Driscoll observes that “sometimes when certain questions get asked it’s by someone who’s a coward who doesn’t have the conviction to declare their answer”—and we see Rob Bell trying to explain something complicated.
I look forward to hearing what people think about the film. The continuing debate over hell is a horrible embarrassment for the modern church and really ought to be resolved. If I’d had the chance, I would have said: Do the exegesis. Or something along those lines. There is no good biblical reason for thinking that God intends to subject people to unending torment after death. That would have been my contribution. As it is, the film will have to bring the church to its senses without me.