Rob Bell on Science and Religion: 'If Science Threatens Your Faith, Then You Probably Need a Better Faith'

Rob Bell, author of 'What We Talk About When We Talk About God'
Rob Bell, author of 'What We Talk About When We Talk About God' and former leader of Mars Hill Bible Church in Michigan, poses in this January 2012 Facebook photo. |

Former Mars Hill megachurch pastor and best-selling author Rob Bell appeared on The Church Boys podcast earlier this week where he discussed his passion for science and how he reconciles it with his Christian faith, which he described as very "orthodox."

Bell was on the porgram to discuss his latest speaking tour Everything Is Spiritual where he dives into the topics of science and spirituality and attempts to show how the two "are at long last partners," according to the tour's website.

The former pastor talked about his passion for science, and made a bold statement while discussing its relation to faith during Monday's program.

"It was about 10 or 15 years ago when I stumbled into what people were saying about quantum physics and I just found it all so fascinating," said Bell on the podcast. "When you read the really great scientists, [it] blows your mind and raises all sorts of new questions."

He continued: "For me at the heart of any faith would always have to be welcoming of whatever new facts and discoveries. If in any way science threatens your faith, then you probably need to get a better faith."

Aside from science, Bell also went on to address his theological views which were brought into question by evangelical circles after he released his controversial 2011 book Love Wins, which strongly questioned the existence of an eternal hell.

"I'm as Orthodox as they come," said Bell. I believe! When I was a kid I heard the Jesus stories and I found them utterly riveting. I love the idea that He answered questions by asking more questions. He was always saying 'you have to own this, you have to wrestle with this, you have to think through how you're going to handle this. And I love that whenever there was a system that made clean lines between who's in and who's out, who's with God and who's against God; He always subverts that system."

Bell confessed to being convicted over what he described as a "universal" move of love, acceptance and inclusion happening in the world today, which he says keeps getting more interesting.