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Pagan Christianity?

Paperback|Feb 2012
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Are we really doing church "by the Book?" Church life analysts Frank Viola and George Barna trace the origins of the modern church 'service' that most Christians take for granted, and find that very little of it has any...


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Are we really doing church "by the Book?"
Church life analysts Frank Viola and George Barna trace the origins of the modern church 'service' that most Christians take for granted, and find that very little of it has any roots in the New Testament. A provocative and eye-opening critique of 'doing church'

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. Co-authors 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.
-Publisher.

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 church?to be the head of a fully functioning body in which all believers play an active role?you'll be challenged to decide whether you can ever do church the same way again.
-Publisher

PRODUCT DETAIL
  • Catalogue Code 336184
  • Product Code 9781414364551
  • ISBN 1414364555
  • EAN 9781414364551
  • Pages 336
  • Department Academic
  • Category Church
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Barna Books
  • Publication Date Feb 2012
  • Sales Rank 7581
  • Dimensions 203 x 139 x 22mm
  • Weight 0.294kg

Frank Viola

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 eight revolutionary books on radical church restoration, including Gods Ultimate Passion, Rethinking the Wineskin, Who is Your Covering?, Pagan Christianity, Gathering in Homes and The Untold Story of the New Testament Church. He is a recognised expert on new trends for the church, holds conferences on the deeper Christian life, and is actively engaged in planting New Testament-styled churches. His Web site, frankviola.com, contains many free resources designed to enrich the spiritual lives of Gods people. Frank and his family live in Gainesville, Florida.

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