I'm just going to drive straight to the point here, I don't have all night and I have thought about this too much already. This new Rob Bell book is only a big deal because we as the church have not created a healthy environment for people to wrestle with the difficult questions that confront our faith. If people had been talking this out for years, this book would be old hat. Instead we suppress and censor people. Someone becomes a Christian and right away we get them all jumpy about being careful of this guy and that book and this doctrine. Now, nobody wants to look into things because we have put fear in them. Someone asks a question, we shut them down. We give them "The Answer" and usher them along. That in and of itself is censorship.
The truth is that when a question is asked such as, "Is there really a hell?" Nobody earnestly asking it is really seeking a yes or no answer. They are looking for God, they want to know who he is. We need to bring them into a discussion rather than force feeding them an answer. One needs to be able to undergo the mental and emotional process of coming to grips with the question that plagues them. They need to open it up and let God in. That takes time. An answer we take or leave, it's harder to walk a way from a conversation. I would that we could abandon answers and talk of the questions of our faith.
I'll leave you to think on this: is faith real if untested, how can we know we believe if we don't struggle and overcome doubt?