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Pagan Christianity?
Pagan Christianity?: Exploring the Roots of Our Church Practices | 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 churchto be the head of a fully functioning body in which all believers play an active roleyou'll be challenged to decide whether you can ever do church the same way again.
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BookDadGirlDad
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Mehso-so

I can't say pick nor can I say pan. I think it is necessary for people to read this style of book. I find that there are a few things I can agree with the authors on. Very few. The rest is terrible, eisegetic drivel. The authors blatantly disregard the Old Testament in establishing their beliefs. Everything we see today in "church" is pagan in origin. Seriously. Tithe? Pagan. Buildings? Pagan. This is the theology that damages.

BookDadGirlDad The authors talk of proof-texting. They decry the practice. Yet, this book is rife with it. They make the Messiah hypocritical and ignore what He practiced and taught. I read this to see what I hoped would be a light in the darkness of modern Christianity. It is not. It is not. 11mo
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BookDadGirlDad
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So many new choices. I'll start with this one. The stats will be solid with George Barna involved

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BookDadGirlDad
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#bookhaul today. Finally got Inheritance by Paolini. Problem: I have yet to read 2 and 3. #booknerdproblems The Vines is reference. The rest....apologetics and research works.