Pagan Christianity

Author: Frank Viola
Editor: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
ISBN: 9781414341651
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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, and choirs? This ground-breaking book, now in affordable softcover, makes an unsettling proposal: most of what Christians do in present-day churches is rooted, not 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 and extensive footnotes that document the origins of modern Christian church practices. In the process, the authors uncover the problems that emerge when the church functions more like a business organization than the living organism it was created to be. As you reconsider Christ's revolutionary plan for his church—to be the head of a fully functioning body in which all believers play an active role—you'll be challenged to decide whether you can ever do church the same way again.

Pagan Christianity

Author: Frank A. Viola
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ISBN: 9780966665734
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Paganism Surviving In Christianity

Author: Abram Herbert Lewis
Editor: Good Press
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"Paganism Surviving in Christianity" by Abram Herbert Lewis. Published by Good Press. Good Press publishes a wide range of titles that encompasses every genre. From well-known classics & literary fiction and non-fiction to forgotten−or yet undiscovered gems−of world literature, we issue the books that need to be read. Each Good Press edition has been meticulously edited and formatted to boost readability for all e-readers and devices. Our goal is to produce eBooks that are user-friendly and accessible to everyone in a high-quality digital format.

Pagan Christian Conflict Over Miracle In The Second Century

Author: Harold Remus
Editor: Cambridge, Mass. : Philadelphia Patristic Foundation
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The Origin And Development Of Christian Dogma

Author: Charles A H. Tuthill
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Naturalization Of Christianity In China

Author: Frank Joseph Rawlinson
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The Pagan Christ

Author: Tom Harpur
Editor: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 9780802719386
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A provocative argument for a mystical, rather than historical, understanding of Jesus, leading to a radical rebirth of Christianity in our time. For forty years, scholar and religious commentator Tom Harpur has challenged church orthodoxy and guided thousands of readers on subjects as controversial as the true nature of Christ and life after death. Now, in his most radical and groundbreaking work, Harpur digs deep into the origins of Christianity. At a time of religious extremism, Tom Harpur reveals the virtue of a cosmic faith based on ancient truths that the modern church has renounced. His message is clear: Our blind faith in literalism is killing Christianity. Only with a return to an inclusive religion where Christ lives within each of us will we gain a true understanding of who we are and who we are intended to become. The Pagan Christ is a book of rare insight and power that will reilluminate the Bible and change the way we think about religion.

Pagans And Christians In The Late Roman Empire

Author: Marianne Saghy
Editor: Central European University Press
ISBN: 9633862558
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Do the terms ?pagan? and ?Christian,? ?transition from paganism to Christianity? still hold as explanatory devices to apply to the political, religious and cultural transformation experienced Empire-wise? Revisiting ?pagans? and ?Christians? in Late Antiquity has been a fertile site of scholarship in recent years: the paradigm shift in the interpretation of the relations between ?pagans? and ?Christians? replaced the old ?conflict model? with a subtler, complex approach and triggered the upsurge of new explanatory models such as multiculturalism, cohabitation, cooperation, identity, or group cohesion. This collection of essays, inscribes itself into the revisionist discussion of pagan-Christian relations over a broad territory and time-span, the Roman Empire from the fourth to the eighth century. A set of papers argues that if ?paganism? had never been fully extirpated or denied by the multiethnic educated elite that managed the Roman Empire, ?Christianity? came to be presented by the same elite as providing a way for a wider group of people to combine true philosophy and right religion. The speed with which this happened is just as remarkable as the long persistence of paganism after the sea-change of the fourth century that made Christianity the official religion of the State. For a long time afterwards, ?pagans? and ?Christians? lived ?in between? polytheistic and monotheist traditions and disputed Classical and non-Classical legacies. ÿ

Pagan Christianity Coloring Book

Author: Patrick McCardy
Editor: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781545140970
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Paganism is a term that derives from Latin word pagan, which means "nonparticipant, one excluded from a more distinguished, professional group". The term was used in the 4th century, by early Christian community, in reference to populations of the Roman world who worshipped many deities. The term competed with "polytheism" already in use in Judaism, by Philo in the 1st century. Pagans and paganism was a pejorative for the same polytheistic group, implying "inferiority". Paganism has broadly connoted "religion of the peasantry", and for much of its history a derogatory term. Alternate terms in Christian texts for the same group was "hellene" and "gentile". In and after the Middle Ages, paganism was a pejorative that was applied to any non-Abrahamic or unfamiliar religion, and the term presumed a belief in false god(s).

The Beginnings Of The Church

Author: Patricius Verbraken
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The Cross Heathen And Christian

Author: Mourant Brock
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Christianity And Paganism In The Fourth To Eighth Centuries

Author: Ramsay MacMullen
Editor: Yale University Press
ISBN: 9780300080773
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The slaughter of animals for religious feasts, the tinkling of bells to ward off evil during holy rites, the custom of dancing in religious services--these and many other pagan practices persisted in the Christian church for hundreds of years after Constantine proclaimed Christianity the one official religion of Rome. In this book, Ramsay MacMullen investigates the transition from paganism to Christianity between the fourth and eighth centuries. He reassesses the triumph of Christianity, contending that it was neither tidy nor quick, and he shows that the two religious systems were both vital during an interactive period that lasted far longer than historians have previously believed. MacMullen explores the influences of paganism and Christianity upon each other. In a rich discussion of the different strengths of the two systems, he demonstrates that pagan beliefs were not eclipsed or displaced by Christianity but persisted or were transformed. The victory of the Christian church, he explains, was one not of obliteration but of widening embrace and assimilation. This fascinating book also includes new material on the Christian persecution of pagans over the centuries through methods that ranged from fines to crucifixion; the mixture of motives in conversion; the stubbornness of pagan resistance; the difficulty of satisfying the demands and expectations of new converts; and the degree of assimilation of Christianity to paganism.

Pagan And Christian In An Age Of Anxiety

Author: E. R. Dodds
Editor: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521385992
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Dodds examines the personal religious attitudes and experiences common to pagans and Christians in the period between Marcus Aurelius and Constantine.

General History Of The Christian Religion And Church

Author: August Neander
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Orthodoxy Paganism And Dissent In The Early Christian Centuries

Author: W. H. C. Frend
Editor: Routledge
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W.H.C. Frend discusses the ways in which the primitive churches succeeded in some areas like Byzantium whilst the Roman British Church struggled to hold back apostasy.

Jews Pagans And Christians In The Golan Heights

Author: Robert C. Gregg
Editor: University of South Florida
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This work publishes a diverse collection of inscriptions that were found on stones (epitaphs, altars, door lintels, dedications), statues and architectural remains from the ancient Golan Heights (1st-7th centuries, CE). Of the 258 inscriptions included, interpreted, and analyzed, 241 are Greek ( 207 of which are published here for the first time), 13 are either Hebrew or Aramaic, and one is Latin (also published here for the first time). Taken together, these inscriptions provide a window on the communities of Jews, Pagans, and Christians in this distinctly rural region of the eastern Roman empire. The new evidence presented in this volume changes the accepted picture of the settlement patterns and interactions of these religious and ethnic groups in the Golan, while adding historical data about Jews and their synagogues, the character of polytheist loyalties, and the emergence of Christians in the region. The volume contains several hundred photographs, a number of maps and diagrams depicting the area, a bibliography, and numerous indexes. Inscriptions are arranged according to the town or village in the Golan in which they originated.

Paganism And Christianity 100 425 C E

Author: Ramsay MacMullen
Editor: Fortress Press
ISBN: 9781451407853
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This book is a collection of nearly 175 documents?from saints, emperors, philosophers, satirists, inscriptions, graffiti, and other interesting types?that sheds light on the complex fabric of religious belief as it changed from a variety of non-Judeo-Christian movements to Christian in late antiquity. These texts illuminate and bring to life the bizarre and the banal of the social world of the Roman Empire, the world in which Christianity ultimately gained preeminence. This treasury of texts leads the reader through the matrix of beliefs among which Christianity grew. It includes both Christian and non-Christian sources, avoiding a common but obscuring division between the two. The material is presented as one single flow that satisfies natural curiosity and whets the reader's appetite for more. Brief explanatory introductions to the documents are included.

Celebrating Planet Earth A Pagan Christian Conversation

Author: Denise Cush
Editor: John Hunt Publishing
ISBN: 1782798293
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Celebrating Planet Earth, a Pagan/Christian Conversation explores the similarities and differences between these two paths. It will appeal to Pagans and Christians and students interested in making connections and bridging the divide. Issues are discussed from an academic view point with practical emphasis on personal spirituality and ritual practice. Contributors include leading figures in British Paganism, in the Christian Forest Church movement and academics in the field of religious studies and earth-centered Christianity. These include Philip Carr-Gomm, Graham Harvey and Philip Shallcrass (Greywolf). This book integrates aspects of Pagan and Christian traditions.

The Pagan Origins Of Christian Holidays

Author: Elisha J. Israel
Editor: CreateSpace
ISBN: 9781490918952
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The intent of this book is to merely present before you the compromise that has occurred between Christianity and paganism. Under the facade of Christianity the duplicitous ancient mystery religious system that began in Babylon continues. This religion is perpetuated through the most powerful religious institution in the world- the Roman Catholic Church. How is this possible? In a strategic effort to appeal to the pagans of Rome the Universal Church simply fused the pagan customs and festivals of sun worshipers with the rites of the one true faith. The Pagan Origins of Christian Holidays is an examination of the holidays that are observed by Christians today. This book reveals a piercing truth; Satan has deceived the whole world.

The Philosophy Of George Santayana

Author: D. K. Roy
Editor: Calcutta : Progressive Publishers
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On George Santayana, 1863-1952, American poet and philosopher.