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3.48 out of 53.48 out of 53.48 out of 53.48 out of 53.48 out of 5 3.48 (29 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Frank Viola Narrator: Lloyd James Publisher: christianaudio.com Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2009 ISBN:
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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. Many Christians take for granted that their churchs 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 Christs 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 Christs glory and power to passive observers. If you want to see that trend reversed, turn to Pagan Christianity...a book that examines and challenges every aspect of our contemporary church experience. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Huggiworld | 2/19/2014

    " Great exploration for the modern church. "Every member functioning." Kudos to @FrankViola "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brock | 2/16/2014

    " Excellent! Really helps you understand why "church" is falling so short of changing people's lives on a continual basis. Warning: don't read this book if you don't want some deep seated beliefs to be challenged. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dan Krah | 2/8/2014

    " Fatally flawed in the realm of ecclesiology. One of the biggest problems the authors have is a lack of biblical understanding in regard to the difference between gift, office and maturity status. I don't think they have ever seen a fully functioning bible church with all the permanent church age gifts being equipped and applied and believers operating within their priesthood and the boundaries of their ministries. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ben | 2/2/2014

    " Pretty meh. There's nothing ground breaking here. If you've read anything else recently about organic house churches and why they work or are relevant you've hard this all before. The author makes she reasonable points but comes off as so angry and ideologically driven at times that its hard to take the rest seriously. I don't age with much of his historical facts, but his conclusions are far from logically binding. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andy R. | 1/19/2014

    " This is a master work for those interested in Church history. These days lots of young people are turning to Catholicism and Orathadox in their search for authenticity. This book could answer a lot of those questions in a way that is both scholarly and easy to read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Leslie | 1/9/2014

    " He has some valid points, but presents them in a tone of condescending criticism. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patrik Olterman | 12/28/2013

    " Great eye-opener. This book will help you open your eyes and critically examine the practices of your church. Where did these practices come from? Are they biblical or where they tacked on to Christianity at a later date? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim Hering | 12/4/2013

    " These guys really rake many Christian traditions over the coals to find the gold among the dross. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bryan Ritchie | 11/28/2013

    " Great book that challenges the structure of Christianity today. Frank Viola recommends house churches which eliminate paid ministers, large buildings that sit mostly empty 6 days a week, and attendees who just come to watch "the show." "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dr. David Steele | 5/15/2013

    " A horrible, God-dishonoring book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cg | 4/28/2013

    " Content is great but the repetitive writing style is more than a little off-putting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nikki | 8/13/2012

    " Very informative!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin | 3/11/2012

    " Dangerous...life-changing... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Loretta | 3/1/2012

    " Very well written and easy to read. Still mulling this one over and wondering "So where do we go from here?" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shiloh | 11/30/2011

    " Not exactly an easy read, not because the material is difficult, but because you have to think through so much of it. It is very well researched and documented. I think every believer should read this book, but definitely every pastor, church planter, small group leader and missionary. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wayne Knox | 7/23/2011

    " Eye opening as to many of the beginnings in RELIGION. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Job Dalomba | 7/11/2011

    " If only I could give this zero stars. Junk history. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Michael | 5/7/2011

    " Modern churches use plastic utensils at picnics. Plastic utensils are nowhere to be found in the New Testament. If these words upset you, you will love this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Huggiworld | 4/26/2011

    " Great exploration for the modern church. "Every member functioning." Kudos to @FrankViola "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lee Anne | 3/28/2011

    " Dry. Interesting backgrounds of religious practices. Strains at a gnat "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 M. | 2/23/2011

    " A life-changing and eye-opening book. It blew my mind in regards to the practice of our modern churches. The end result: I feel as if I'm becoming a better follower of the teachings of Jesus Christ.
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steven | 2/12/2011

    " Book makes great points and backs them up well. Kind of belabors the point towards the middle/end. I like he ideas but think it could have been shorter. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve | 1/5/2011

    " I like Frank Viola's writing, this is a good book to understand history of the church and it's practices.

    Thanks for the research
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jayce | 12/31/2010

    " This is an interesting read. It asks excellent questions, but the research is weak and the logic to many of the arguments is faulty. Everyone should read this book, but no one should come to a final conclusion based on this book alone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott | 12/17/2010

    " Must read for all Christians. Only read it if you know your faith and trust God enough that if you find out the emperor doesn't have any clothes you will not question your faith. At the same time if you can't challenge your faith, is it real? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jacques | 11/30/2010

    " A great book- A must read for anyone who is a "church" goer! I find Barna and Viola take things a bit far at times and can be quite irritating with their extreme views on certain topics, but a must read none the less. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 A | 11/14/2010

    " Very enlightening and confusing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patrik | 10/11/2010

    " Great eye-opener. This book will help you open your eyes and critically examine the practices of your church. Where did these practices come from? Are they biblical or where they tacked on to Christianity at a later date? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 9/21/2010

    " A big challenge to paradigms of Church "

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About the Author
Author Frank ViolaFrank Viola has helped thousands of people around the world deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ and enter into a more vibrant and authentic experience of church. He has written many books on these themes, including From Eternity to Here, Revise Us Again, Reimagining Church, Finding Organic Church, Jesus: A Theography, and Jesus Manifesto. His blog, FrankViola.org, is rated as one of the most popular in Christian circles today.
About the Narrator

Lloyd James (a.k.a. Sean Pratt) has been narrating since 1996 and has recorded over six hundred audiobooks. He is a seven-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award and has twice been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award. His critically acclaimed performances include Elvis in the Morning by William F. Buckley Jr. and Searching for Bobby Fischer by Fred Waitzkin, among others.