“Most contemporary Christians are massively ignorant as to how the church got to where it is today and how much
current church practice is due simply to accumulated tradition, with little or no roots in Scripture. This book
provides a useful service in peeling back the layers of tradition, showing the origins of much that we today call
'church.' Christians who want to be biblical, faithful, regardless of their particular tradition or church form, can
learn and benefit from the book.”|
Dr. Howard Snyder
Professor of history and theology of mission,
Asbury Theological Seminary;
author of fourteen books, including The Community of the King
“Pagan Christianity? contains a wide variety of interesting and helpful historical information of which most
Christians—or non-Christians—will be completely unaware. The book identifies—in part or in whole—the pagan
roots of many of our current church practices, as well as indicates some borrowed from earlier Jewish or,
occasionally, more recent customs.”
Dr. Robert Banks
New Testament scholar and theologian;
author of Paul's Idea of Community and Reenvisioning Theological Education
“Why do we 'do church' the way we do? Most folks seem to assume that our Christian religious trappings can be
traced all the way back to the first century. But they can't. The things we hold dear—sacred buildings to meet in,
pulpits, sacramental tables, clergy, liturgies, etc.—were unknown among Paul's assemblies. Pagan Christianity? looks at our major church traditions and documents when and how they appeared in the ages long after the
apostles. Haven't you ever wondered why people dress up in their best clothes for the Sunday morning service?
Pagan Christianity? unfolds the answer to this and numerous other questions looming in the back of many folks'
minds. Reading Pagan Christianity? Will open your eyes to the fact that the ecclesiastical emperor really has no
Dr. Jon Zens
Editor of Searching Together
“This is an important book that demonstrates that many of the practical aspects of contemporary church life,
ministry, and structure have little or no biblical basis and are, in fact, inspired by a wide variety of non-Christian
patterns and ideas, most of which are inimical to Christian life and growth. Many readers sill find this book
challenging in the extreme, but all who are concerned with the future of the church should read it.”
Lecturer of religious studies at Blackpool and The Fylde College;
author of To Preach or Not to Preach?
“Pagan Christianity? documents specific areas where contemporary church life violates biblical principles. Whether
you agree with all the conclusions the authors draw or not, you will have no argument with their documentation.
It is a scholarly work with an explosive conclusion. Particularly for those of us in the modern cell-church
movement, this is a valuable tool to force rethinking the meaning of the word ecclesia.”
Dr. Ralph W. Neighbor
Author of Where Do We Go from Here?
“Anyone interested in the worship of the New Testament church and how that was altered through the centuries
will find Pagan Christianity? very useful. The authors' passion is clear and quite well documented.”
Dr. Graydon F. Snyder
professor of New Testament (retired), Chicago Theological Seminary
author of Ante Pacem: Archeological Evidence of Church Life before Constantine