There is uber blog chatter over Pagan Christianity, which I read originally when it was called…Pagan Christianity. Whether you agree with him about none, some or all of the issues he raises:
- Church Buildings
- Pastor (Clergy/Laity distinction)
- Worship Order
- Sunday Morning Dress Up
- Worship Leaders
- Lord’s Supper
There is a glaring omission.
A few people have been locking in on the statement, ‘The church, in its contemporary, institutional form, has neither a biblical nor a historical right to exist.” He responds to this statement on his website, but as much fun as it would be to insert a Monty Python clip here about burning a witch…I say, what next?
Even if they’re right, do we really dismantle a high percentage of the 350,000 churches in America (or how about the world)? To be fair, they also critique many house churches, but he states that, “Anyone who has read the book knows that we don’t delve into solutions, but rather, we stick to deconstructing current practices.” Maybe they answer this question in the sequel this summer? Shouldn’t be too grandiose, it’s only reconfiguring almost every aspect of the church as we know it today.
Here’s the index of reviews I’ve compiled, and if you have one I missed, then let me know:
Frank Viola’s website has several answers to a lot of objections and questions.
– AJ Vanderhorst review.
– Alan Hirsch here and here.
– Andrew Jones review.
– Bill Kinnon review.
– Boar’s Head review.
– Bob Hyatt has 4 reviews at this point:
– Daryl Dash review here and here with more to come.
– God Grown review.
– iMonk’s humorous review.
– Joe Thorn has four reviews so far:
– Jordon Cooper review.
– Josh Brown podcast with Frank here.
– Kamp Krusty has a really good review.
– Kingdom Grace is taking 2 weeks to discuss the book, so keep tabs here.
– Len Hjalmerson review.
– Microclesia review.
– Nicholas Fiedler review.
– Steve Eastman review, and interview with Frank here.
– The Heresy review.
– Tom Gilson review.
– Tony Morgan review.
– Trevin Wax review.