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Subject: Book "Pagan Christianity"
Date Posted: 2/11/2008 10:13 AM ET
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Has anyone read this book?  I put it on my WL.  It sounds pretty interesting.



Date Posted: 2/11/2008 1:26 PM ET
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It does sound interesting!  I've asked a lot of those questions myself.  I think I'd be a little nervous about finding out how deep the rabbit hole goes.  It could really rock the "church boat".

As they caution, though, we have to be careful about getting divisive and defensive.

Hope you get your "wish"!

Date Posted: 2/14/2008 2:48 AM ET
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I think that this is a good way to expand our thoughts. I attend Catholic church, and if it weren't for my family I would have been church hopping a long time ago.

Us Catholics created a book (called Caichism spelled how?) that tells us what we are supposed to do per tradition only. I have always found this to be strange.

Date Posted: 2/14/2008 9:01 PM ET
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I added it to my WL

Date Posted: 2/15/2008 9:06 AM ET
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I may have to pick this up at my local bookstore.  With George Barna being one of the authors, I expect this to be well researched.

My curiosity in this is merely this:  if our Christian practices truthfully ARE pagan in origin, then what does the authors want us to do about it?  What is their motive?

Date Posted: 2/15/2008 11:36 AM ET
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The following quote is from the first link in this thread / from the review of  the book Pagan Christianity:

The truth is that precious little that is observed today in contemporary Christianity maps to anything found in the first-century church.

This is  why I love to read about the early Church Fathers from  the first and second  centuries. I am Catholic, and what they say sounds overwhelmingly "Catholic".


Last Edited on: 2/15/08 11:37 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 2/16/2008 12:08 AM ET
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This book just came up on my WL, so after I read it next week I'll see if I can answer some of the questions here.


Date Posted: 2/16/2008 1:43 PM ET
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Chandra-I love your cute fluffy cat.

Subject: I have read it.
Date Posted: 3/7/2008 10:04 AM ET
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This book explains where most of our traditions come from and it's not Jesus or the apostles.  I wasn't spooked by this book at all because I had already been asking allot of the questions this book answers. If we did church the way Jesus intended we wouldn't have all the denominations we have today. Man has been messing things up from the very beginning.

Date Posted: 3/8/2008 4:58 PM ET
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Yes, this book looks very interesting.  Just from reading the synopsis, it looks like I would agree with almost everything he says!  :)  I'll have to add it to my wish list too.