Tonight I listened to Drew Marshall interview Frank Viola the co-author of Pagan Christianity,(listen online or download). I’m glad I did, as it paints a slightly different portrait of Frank and of the book — or what he’s trying to say through it.
A publisher sent me one of Franks books last year to review, "God's Ultimate Passion".
Viola introduces us to three tales that furnish us with a breathtaking glimpse into God's highest passion. The first is the story of a God who is an ageless romantic driven by one consuming pursuit. The second is the tale of a God who has sought for an eternity to have a resting place, a habitation, a home. The third is the tale of a God from another realm who visits planet earth to establish a heavenly colony that will give Him visible expression. It was a wonderful and an encouraging book for the church.
Others have opined already, there have been an avalanche of post reflections on the book, including Robbymac, the iMonk, and Bob Hyatt rounding out a few of the loudest “nay’s” with Kingdom Grace summing up a more balanced view from her series. People are definitely buzzing.
The thing I appreciated about the Drew Marshall interview is that Frank doesn’t come off quite so strongly opposed to just about everything we do… he sounds more balanced or less… uh, “bombastic,” to use someone else’s word, on air than in print. If you’ve reacted strongly to the book, the podcast might be worth a listen.
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 latest book stirring up the world of Christendom 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.
It is a great conversation between Drew Marshall and Frank Viola, with all the criticism and controversy around the book, it's nice to hear from the guy who wrote it. Drew does a great job mixing it up, asking some great questions. you can listen to the interview here, just scroll down until you come to the show. Enjoy!