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« Topic Start: June 01, 2011, 09:13:19 pm »

I found this in e-book format over at Amazon.com in the Kindle store, for 99 cents. The authors are Viola and Barna. Anyone know if it's worth a buck? Or is it misinformed claptrap such as we see all too often, about how those eeeeevil Xtians stoled all the lovely paganistic holidays and you know the rest?
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« Reply #1: June 01, 2011, 09:17:05 pm »

Anyone know if it's worth a buck? Or is it misinformed claptrap such as we see all too often, about how those eeeeevil Xtians stoled all the lovely paganistic holidays and you know the rest?


Never heard of it or them, though to be honest I'd take it with a grain of salt if you do get it.  Most correlations between paganism (specifically neo-paganism as opposed older pagan practices or the broader concept of pagan as anything not Christian) and Christianity in any of it's forms is stretching at best or mashing together without regard to logical concept at worst.  I myself haven't encountered a book on the topic I'd recommend yet, but then I haven't read that many either.

The bookworm in me says buy it.  Any book is worth a buck.

Any book.
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« Reply #2: June 03, 2011, 07:31:43 am »

I found this in e-book format over at Amazon.com in the Kindle store, for 99 cents. The authors are Viola and Barna. Anyone know if it's worth a buck? Or is it misinformed claptrap such as we see all too often, about how those eeeeevil Xtians stoled all the lovely paganistic holidays and you know the rest?


honestly I'm intrigued. It sounds like it shows the pagan roots of Christianity, what Christianity took from pagan religions that it now calls evil and of the devil.
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« Reply #3: June 03, 2011, 07:54:37 am »

I found this in e-book format over at Amazon.com in the Kindle store, for 99 cents. The authors are Viola and Barna. Anyone know if it's worth a buck? Or is it misinformed claptrap such as we see all too often, about how those eeeeevil Xtians stoled all the lovely paganistic holidays and you know the rest?

If it is the Kindle version of this Pagan Christianity: Exploring the Roots of Our Church Practices, it's probably at least an interesting read as an insight into the thoughts of conservative Protestant Christianity. George Barna is head of The Barna Group who do polls and studies from a conservative Protestant Christian POV. I've found a lot of there stuff informative -- although not necessarily in the the way they'd probably like.  It's probably worth 99 cents if you are interested in this type of stuff.  It'll probably be more about how Christianity has been ruined by absorbing Pagan things than " about how those eeeeevil Xtians stoled all the lovely paganistic holidays".
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« Reply #4: June 03, 2011, 09:34:10 am »

If it is the Kindle version of this Pagan Christianity: Exploring the Roots of Our Church Practices, it's probably at least an interesting read as an insight into the thoughts of conservative Protestant Christianity. George Barna is head of The Barna Group who do polls and studies from a conservative Protestant Christian POV. I've found a lot of there stuff informative -- although not necessarily in the the way they'd probably like.  It's probably worth 99 cents if you are interested in this type of stuff.  It'll probably be more about how Christianity has been ruined by absorbing Pagan things than " about how those eeeeevil Xtians stoled all the lovely paganistic holidays".

From what I gathered while reading the reviews, it sounds more like "all this stuff you thought was church-originated really came from somewhere else, and here's where, and here's why." I don't get the sense that there's much about "ruining" or "contaminating" Christianity; it sounds more like an honest attempt at explaining why "they" do what "they" do (such as "dressing up for church," taking one example from the web-page; of course, I chuckle at that considering how few people seem to "dress up" any more, from what I can see, anyway). But I digress.

Thanks for the input, Randall and others. I'm still contemplating this. I went a little crazy with free eBooks yesterday, between the free collections at the Kindle store and the offerings over at Project Gutenberg (http://gutenberg.org).
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