Pagan Christianity I: Prolegomena

Pagan Christianity: Exploring the Roots of Our Church Practices Welcome to “Pagan Week!” This week we’ll be hitting the themes in Frank Viola and George Barna’s Pagan Christianity: Exploring the Roots of Our Church Practices, and wrapping up the week by interviewing Frank Viola.

On the whole, the book sounds a lot more Frank than George. No surprise there, as it’s a reworking of some earlier material by Frank Viola and represents a long-time project for him. Knowing the subject matter in the book and the subject matter of this blog, it would be fair to conclude that I am going to land on the same page in most areas and quickly recommend the book. Not so fast… you’ll have to wait for the exciting conclusion for that. I do have some concerns with the book that give me pause. In most cases, these have less to do with the conclusions reached than the manner they are arrived at and the language with which they’re stated… but we’ll come to all that.

Is Evangelicalism Becoming Charismatic?

stainedglass-pentecost.jpg This morning I see that American Christianity is Turning Charismatic. Well, he phrases it as a question, but he’s pointing out a trend as he’s been comparing charismatics and evangelicals in the USA. Actually, he compares Christianity in general, but evangelicalism is a key part of the survey.

Charismatics are found throughout the fabric of American Christianity. Although just 8% of the population is evangelical, half of evangelical adults (49%) fit the charismatic definition. A slight majority of all born again Christians (51%) is charismatic. Nearly half of all adults who attend a Protestant church (46%) are charismatic.