What I'm Reading Now

"Pagan Christianity? Exploring the Roots of our Church Practices" by Frank Viola and George Barna (2008)

From the inside cover,

"Many Christians take for granted that their church's practices are rooted in Scripture. Yet those practices look very different from those of the first-century church. The New Testament is not silent on how the early church freely expressed the reality of Christ's indwelling in ways that rocked the first-century world.

Times have changed. Pagan Christianity? leads us on a fascinating tour through church history, revealing this startling and unsettling truth: Many cherished church traditions embraced today originated not out of the New Testament but out of pagan practices. One of the most troubling outcomes has been the effect on average believers: turning them from living expressions of Christ's glory and power to passive observers. If you want to see the trend reversed, turn to Pagan Christianity?....a book that examines and challenges every aspect of our present-day church experience."

Comments

  1. Hmmm...I wonder what you will find out, Lexie?

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  2. Sounds fascinating! I look forward to your review, Shan :)

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  3. Barna/Viola's "Pagan Christianity" wasn't a stand-alone book. The sequel is called "Reimagining Church", it's the constructive part of the discussion. He also has a new book that's the practical follow-up to both books. It's called "Finding Organic Church." Viola's article "Why I Love the Church" explains the motivation behind all three books. http://frankviola.wordpress.com/2009/08/18/why-i-love-the-church-in-praise-of-gods-eternal-purpose/

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  4. Jilliefl1,

    Thank you so much for the link. I've been very impressed with the book so far, and I look forward to reading the rest of it. I can definitely see where people would be critical of the book, especially if they haven't read it. What I'm most impressed about right now is that it's not a book that speaks AT you or makes you feel bad for your ways.

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  5. I saw this book and wondered about it. I'm very interested in the difference between our churches now and the churches of the NT. I can't wait to read your review about it!

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  6. I am interested to hear more about it.

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