Mark Driscoll, preaching pastor at Mars Hill Church in Seattle, WA posted a fascinating critique of the book Pagan Christianity written by Frank Viola and George Barna. Below you will see Mark’s opening statement and a link to the critique.
The book Pagan Christianity is a book that makes some serious charges against the offices, functions, and forms of the church. Additionally, it has become something of a manifesto for those disgruntled with the church, rebellious against spiritual authority, and intrigued by suspicious doctrine. The conclusions of the book are antithetical to nearly everything I write with Dr. Gerry Breshears in Vintage Church and are personally concerning to me as a church pastor. Because Pagan Christianity poses such a serious threat to the health and well being of the church, I felt it merited a formal critique and commissioned my research team to review the book for some pastors who had asked for it. Over time, requests for that critique have become so numerous that I have decided to post it online for free to be of service to the whole church of Jesus Christ. Lastly, this critique is intended to in no way serve as a critique of the men who wrote Pagan Christianity. By all accounts they are brothers in Christ whom I love but with whom I disagree.