Pagan Christianity?: Exploring the Roots of Our Church Practices  -     By: Frank Viola, George Barna
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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, and choirs?

This ground-breaking book, now in affordable softcover, makes an unsettling proposal: most of what Christians do in present-day churches is rooted, not 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 and extensive footnotes that document the origins of modern Christian church practices.

In the process, the authors uncover the problems that emerge when the church functions more like a business organization than the living organism it was created to be. As you reconsider Christ's revolutionary plan for his church-to be the head of a fully functioning body in which all believers play an active role-you'll be challenged to decide whether you can ever do church the same way again.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 304
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1414364555
ISBN-13: 9781414364551

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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, and choirs? This ground-breaking book, now in affordable softcover, makes an unsettling proposal: most of what Christians do in present-day churches is rooted, not 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 and extensive footnotes that document the origins of modern Christian church practices. In the process, the authors uncover the problems that emerge when the church functions more like a business organization than the living organism it was created to be. As you reconsider Christ's revolutionary plan for his church—to be the head of a fully functioning body in which all believers play an active role—you'll be challenged to decide whether you can ever do church the same way again.

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    This is a must-read for anyone that desires to move into God's will for His church. For me, it ansered so many questions about why things arent quite right in the church today.
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    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.
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    March 31, 2015
    Katherine
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    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.
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    The title is misleading but after you read the book you'll understand.
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    daddysgirl
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    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.
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    it challenged my assumptions in a really good way
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    Cheryl Berto
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    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.
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