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Have you ever wondered why we Christians do what we do for church every Sunday morning? Why do we dress up for church? Why does the pastor preach a sermon each week? Why do we have pews, steeples, choirs, and seminaries? This volume reveals the startling truth: most of what Christians do in present-day churches is not rooted in the New Testament, but in pagan culture and rituals developed long after the death of the apostles. Coauthors Frank Viola and George Barna support their thesis with compelling historical evidence in the first-ever book to document the full story of modern Christian church practices.

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Offering compelling historical evidence, the authors maintain that most of what Christians do in present-day churches is not rooted in the New Testament, but in pagan culture and rituals developed long after the death of the apostles.

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character_in_transition, July 14, 2008 (view all comments by character_in_transition)
Reviewed by: Nicholas Andrew Depew
Author: "Character in Transition – A Guide to Not Burning the Bridge"

"Pagan Christianity?" is a must read for anyone who is sincere about seeking truth and who is willing to ask difficult questions regarding matters of the practice of faith.

Having personally authored a book that examines both the right and wrong ways to handle personal and professional transitions, I can attest that within "Pagan Christianity?," the authors are not trying to advocate the onset of a mass civil war as some reviewers would lead you believe. Instead, they are simply presenting the substantiated facts to validate those who have chosen a route that leads beyond the typical confines of tradition. They are attempting to open up a dialogue for greater freedom, purpose, and participation. As the authors assert on page five in reference to people reading their Bibles through conditioned lenses and never challenging denominations or what they teach, “At this moment, all the rebellious hearts are applauding and are plotting to wield the above paragraphs to wreak havoc in their churches. If that is you, dear rebellious heart, you have missed our point by a considerable distance. We do not stand with you. Our advice: Either leave your church quietly, refusing to cause division, or be at peace with it. There is a vast gulf between rebellion and taking a stand for what is true.” It is also worthy to note what author George Barna writes in his introduction on page xxx, “If you are skeptical – and we encourage healthy skepticism that leads to fact-finding and truth – then commit yourself to identifying exactly what did happen over the course of time. This matters!”

Is this book for everyone? The answer is, "No." To continue "The Matrix" analogy (only slightly modified for proper context), “Most people are not ready to be unplugged. And many of them are so inert, so hopelessly dependent on the system that they will fight to protect it.” Nevertheless, if you are someone who has questioned why churches are the way they are, why nothing ever seems to change, or why the hype of their varying prospects and programs is often short lived with things rarely coming to fruition, this book can definitely point you in the right direction for finding some of those long-time, elusive answers. For those who may be just a little curious about "Pagan Christianity?," but who are not certain about taking the plunge, I would kindly and benignly offer the following as food for thought: Insanity has often been defined as doing the same thing over and over again, yet expecting different results.
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ISBN:
9781414314853
Author:
Viola, Frank
Publisher:
BarnaBooks
Author:
Barna, George
Author:
Viola, Frank A.
Subject:
History
Subject:
Church renewal
Subject:
Christian Theology - Ecclesiology
Subject:
Christianity - History - General
Subject:
Christian Rituals & Practice - General
Subject:
Church -- Biblical teaching.
Subject:
Christianity-Church History General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Revised, Update
Publication Date:
20080131
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
295
Dimensions:
7.78x5.69x1.05 in. 1.02 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Have you ever wondered why we Christians do what we do for church every Sunday morning? Why do we dress up for church? Why does the pastor preach a sermon each week? Why do we have pews, steeples, choirs, and seminaries? This volume reveals the startling truth: most of what Christians do in present-day churches is not rooted in the New Testament, but in pagan culture and rituals developed long after the death of the apostles. Coauthors Frank Viola and George Barna support their thesis with compelling historical evidence in the first-ever book to document the full story of modern Christian church practices.
"Synopsis" by , Offering compelling historical evidence, the authors maintain that most of what Christians do in present-day churches is not rooted in the New Testament, but in pagan culture and rituals developed long after the death of the apostles.
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