Pagan Christianity?: Exploring the Roots of Our Church Practices (Google eBook)

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Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Sep 30, 2010 - Religion - 336 pages
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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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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 ... Read full review

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Pagan Christianity is an very annoying book, but then again it's good to be annoyed occasionally if it makes us rethink our practices. Barna and Viola trace the roots of our most cherished church ... Read full review


Have We Really Been Doing It by the Book?
The Church Building
The Order of Worship
The Sermon
The Pastor
Sunday Morning Costumes
Ministers of Music
Tithing and Clergy Salaries
Reapproaching the New Testament
A Second Glance at the Savior
The Next Step
QA with Frank Viola and George Barna
Summary of Origins
Key Figures in Church History
About the Authors

Baptism and the Lords Supper
Christian Education

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About the author (2010)

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.

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