He does so humbly and graciously with excellent documentation. Erasing Hell is not clever or entertaining. It is certainly not a "feel good" book. It is horrifying and grievesome. And Francis Chan makes it clear over and over again how hard it was to write.
Each chapter is followed by "Notes". These include Biblical chapter and verse as well as extended hermaneutic information and books he has referred to. At the end of the book Chan includes a section of Frequently Asked Questions and an extensive bibliography.
You cannot read the book without understanding the author's heart for God, His Word and people. He does not write arrogantly, but rather with a broken heart. Bottom line:
As I have said all along, I don't feel like believing in hell. And yet I do. Maybe someday I will stand in complete agreement with Him, but for now I attribute the discrepancy to an underdeveloped sense of justice on my part. God is perfect. And I joyfully submit to a God whose ways are much, much higher than mine.After having read Love Wins by Rob Bell several months ago and wishing I was smart enough to refute his heretical, yes heretical! point of view, I thank God for godly men like Francis Chan and Preston Sprinkle who are brave enough to pen these difficult but necessary words.