Rob Bell is foremost a pastor. He speaks to people and for people about the fact that they are loved by God and by others even though it doesn't always seem that way. That is his job, and he does his job extremely well. In my generation, he has been perhaps the foremost master of formulating ways to communicate the most complicated and gnarly theological and historical conundrums in a manner that the average listener will understand with both mind and heart. What distinguishes him from his peers in the circle of extremely rhetorically gifted speakers from the church is his honesty, his candor, and his willingness to address honestly, from scripture, rather than from tradition, the issues that are the stickiest. He has been relentless in both honesty, in faith, and in good works. Like I was saying though: he is a profound thinker but his message is best served 'spoken,' rather than read. Probably because that is the form that he has spent the most time mastering after years of teaching and speaking with his congregation. That's just my opinion. I'm really glad I listened to the audio book before reading the prose version.
Yes. Because it's a great story and it really managed to get across the extremely difficult concept of relativity to me pretty well--or so I hope. Not being a physicist, my baseline is an incomplete understanding gathered from other pop sources.
The extremely detailed description--literally it goes into a "molecular level detail"--of the atom bomb detonating over Hiroshima.
Definitely one of my favorite parts of the book was the description of relativity's effect on scientific conceptions of reality.
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