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A New Kind of Fundamentalism?

April 20, 2008

I just started reading Pagan Christianity. It’s co-authored by Frank Viola and George Barna. It is a book that explored the roots of modern church practices showing that many of them have their roots in paganism. I guess that it has caused a little bit of an uproar among evangelicals because they are uncomfortable with the idea that what they do in church isn’t “biblical.”

When I first heard about the book, I thought that it would be a book that challenged staunch fundamentalism and encourage people to think beyond the boundaries of what they’ve been told they should believe about Christianity. Instead I feel like I am being asked to give up one type of fundamentalism for another. I may be wrong since I have just started reading the book, but the authors, instead of suggesting open dialogue and discussion, seem to say that the “right” way to do church is the way it is described in the New Testament and most churches are doing it wrong now. They contend that the way most churches “do” church now stifles Jesus as the head and the only way to fix that is to do church their way. That just sounds like I’m giving up one narrow viewpoint for another.

It bothers me when people act as if they have the answers when it comes to following Jesus whether they are traditional evangelical fundamentalists or an organic community of Christ followers. Maybe I’m wrong about the book, but I don’t think so.