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The Casual Christian is the story of a church that started out 2000 years ago as small groups of believers scattered throughout the Middle East. They risked their fortunes and their very lives to identify publicly with their Savior, Jesus Christ. Their love for one another was so strong that they shared sacrificially with those in need. Others were drawn to them by their extraordinary love in a land that was known for its brutality. Though oppressed and persecuted, this little band of believers spread from Palestine eastward all the way to India and north as far as Great Britain, growing from 25,000 members in the first century A.D. to over 20 million by the end of the fourth century.
Today The Christian church they founded is in a state of decline. It has replaced Biblical truth and divine authority with humanistic psychology, a pseudo-scientific view of origins, moral relativism, commitment to a political philosophy that denies God, a perspective of history that trivializes the roles of men and women of faith, a capitalistic vision of the church that equates size and prosperity with success, and a mistaken notion of the relationship between faith and public policy that rules out Christian activism. A creeping professionalism has taken the role of ministry out of the hands of regular believers and placed it into the hands of formally trained clergy and a group of elite religious experts.
In The Casual Christian, author Craig Olson takes a look at modern church practices and contemporary Christian ministry through the lens of apostolic practices. He shows how biblical teaching has simply been set aside in preference for the prevailing practices and values of a secular culture.
Olson reaches out to those who are disillusioned with todays church. Based on historical Christian practices, he suggests ways to revitalize the church and make it relevant to the times in which we live.