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Pagan Christianity? : exploring the roots of our church practices

Author: Frank Viola; George Barna
Publisher: Carol Stream, Ill. : Barna, ©2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : [New ed.]View all editions and formats
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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 ... 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Frank Viola; George Barna
ISBN: 9781414364551 1414364555
OCLC Number: 749870022
Description: xxxvii, 295 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: Preface / by Frank Viola --
Introduction: What happened to the church? / by George Barna --
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 --
Baptism and the Lord's Supper --
Christian education --
Reapproaching the New Testament --
A second glance at the Savior --
Afterword: The next step --
Final words : Q & A with Frank Viola and George Barna.
Responsibility: Frank Viola and 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 ... 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"--Amazon.com, viewed March 2, 2012.

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