Pagan Christianity?: Exploring the Roots of Our Church PracticesFrank Viola, George BarnaTyndale House / 2012 / Trade Paperback$12.99 Retail:4 Stars Out Of 5 139 Reviews
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richkatOhioAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Must-Read!September 21, 2016richkatOhioAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0This 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.
LarryNew HampshireAge: 55-65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5A MUST READ!September 24, 2015LarryNew HampshireAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4This 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.
Katherine5 Stars Out Of 5Pagan Christianity?: Exploring the Roots of Our Church PracticesMarch 31, 2015KatherineQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Wow! 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.
daddysgirlBremerton, WAAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5The title is misleading but after you read the book you'll understand.March 27, 2015daddysgirlBremerton, WAAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This 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.
Cheryl BertoVancouver, B.C.Age: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5it challenged my assumptions in a really good wayJanuary 10, 2014Cheryl BertoVancouver, B.C.Age: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I 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.