If you go to the Amazon page for Rob Bell’s book Love Wins, you find a blurb from Eugene Peterson that reads as follows:
“It isn’t easy to develop a biblical imagination that takes in the comprehensive and eternal work of Christ . . . Rob Bell goes a long way in helping us acquire just such an imagination–without a trace of soft sentimentality and without compromising an inch of evangelical conviction.”
I was appalled the first time I read that part about not compromising an inch of evangelical conviction. But now that I think about it, I see what Peterson was doing. If you pause for just a minute to ask, “What is evangelical conviction?” you would quickly arrive that the conclusion that there is no such thing anymore. It belongs in the same category as woolly mammoths, dodo birds, funny episodes of Saturday Night Live, and fiscal sanity in Congress.
Peterson was apparently just noting the fact that it is impossible to compromise something that no longer exists.