Pagan Christianity? by Frank Viola
Exploring the Roots of Our Church Practices

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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, choirs, and seminaries? This volume reveals the startling truth: most of what Christians do in present-day churches is not rooted 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 in the first-ever book to document the full story of modern Christian church practices.

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FRANK VIOLA is an influential voice in the contemporary house church movement. For the last twenty years, he has been gathering with organic house churches in the United States. Frank has written a number of revolutionary books on radical church restoration, including Pagan Christianity, co-authored with George Barna. He is a nationally recognizedexpert on emerging trends for the church, and he is actively engaged in planting New Testament-styled churches. Frank and his family live in Gainesville, Florida. George Barna is the president and founder of Barna Research Group. Barna has developed seminars for clients such as The Billy Graham Association, Campus Crusade for Christ, and The Prison Fellowship. His other clients include Prudential, Sothwestern Bell, The Walt Disney Company, and Visa USA. He has also served as a pastor of a southern California church. Barna has written many books on the church and culture including The Habits of Highly Effective Churches, User Friendly Churches, and Marketing the Church. His work has been quoted in Newsweek, Time, USA Today and the Wall Street Journal.
Published January 17, 2008 by BarnaBooks. 337 pages
Genres: History, Religion & Spirituality, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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I’m not willing to point my finger at any one of these denominations and pronounce: “You have no biblical or historical right to exist!” Conversely, I will not point my finger at any house church, emergent movement, or any other gathering that seems to look more like a New Testament church and de...

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Pagan Christianity, if taken seriously by many Christians, will not lead to a renewal of the church, but to ecclesial amputation – as more and more disenchanted church members abandon their church families in order to seek after the “pure church” of the first century.

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