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Velvet Elvis: Repainting the Christian Faith

Bell, Rob. Velvet Elvis: Repainting the Christian Faith. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2005.


This book by Rob Bell is an interesting and challenging read for believers and could certainly be the catalyst for radical reconsideration of all of one's preconceptions. There are a few alarming passages that warrant careful consideration, and there are several deeply insightful statements that stimulate deep spiritual meditation (all of which Bell would undoubtedly approve). Bell lays out his philosophy for the book (and the genesis for the title) in the first few pages. He uses the analogy of a painting of Elvis on velvet to Christianity. Bell says that no one would take an artist seriously if he claimed that his take on Elvis was the perfect piece of art for all time and every setting. Christians must always challenge their interpretations of Scripture and question whether God's will is being accomplished in this time and place. Bell's major philosophical premise seems to be, "Jesus' intention was, and is, to call people to live in tune with reality. He said at one point that if you had seen him, you had 'seen the Father'... And God is the ultimate reality. There is nothing beyond God." (p.21)

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Published on January 29, 2009 at 8:56 pm |

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