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 every week? Why do we have pews, steeples, and choirs? This ground-breaking book, now in inexpensive 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 make stronger their thesis with compelling historical evidence and extensive footnotes that document the origins of up to date 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 used to be created to be. As you reconsider Christ’s revolutionary plan for his church―to be the head of a completely functioning body in which all believers play an active role―you’ll be able to be challenged to make a decision whether you’ll be able to ever do church the same way again.