This book reveals how we as Christians have accepted traditions within the church because they are traditions and not Biblical. I learned so much from this book and in particular about the freedom we have in a true Ecclesia. Also, discovered how some traditions can "block" our relationship and personal growth in Christ. If you want to understand why you think you go to church and then perhaps your reasons for going being shaken, read it.
Pagan Christianity?: Exploring the Roots of Our Church Practices
March 31, 2015
Wow! This is an excellent, well-written, well-researched and well-argued book about the roots and history of many of the practices of the institutionalised church. Topics covered include church buildings, the order of worship, the sermon, the pastor, music, tithing, clergy salaries, the condensed version of the Lord's Supper and Christian education. All these things were introduced into the church long after the early church of the first century. I recommend all Christians read this book to learn about the roots of most church practices of today.
The title is misleading but after you read the book you'll understand.
March 27, 2015
This book was fascinating, to say the least. The authors backed up everything by historical facts, which proves everything. If you have questions about anything they say they are more than happy to answer in their comment section. Frank Viola is open and transparent. As Frank says this is NOT a stand alone book; be sure and get Reimagining Church or Jesus Manifesto to read after Pagan Christianity.
I loved this book and have been recommending it to people in church ministry. it is kind in how it criticizes what we do and what we expect that a worship service should be and look like. for anyone who wants to break out of the "this is how we do things" box, this is the book for you! The authors challenge the how we do "worship"one piece at a time, and then near the end of the book offer a Holy Spirit driven alternative that is both scary (can we really trust what we do to the Holy Spirit?) and theologically grounded. If you think that people need to be in control of what God does on a Sunday morning, then this book will be a great challenge for you.