I never read this book in its first incarnation, so I thought it’d be well worth a look this time around.
I am about half way thru and finding it a decent read, even if it does caricature the established church somewhat. I find this practice somewhat tiring and attimes have considered just putting it back on the shelf.
However the points Viola and Barna make are substantial enough to warrant some serious consideration. The tone is a tad polemic for my liking, but if you are in an established church and willing to be confronted with some pretty challenging stuff about the origins of our much loved rituals and practices then I’d encourage you to read it.
An email from the PC crew today reported that the book has generated a lot of heat to the point of some maybe even holding book burnings. The email then goes on to ask people to buy up big and create support for the book and its message. This email left me cold.
If the book has currency then it will stand on its own two feet. If it doesn’t then it ought to fall. In my observation any time someone sets out to malign and persecute a minority group they only succeed in drawing attention to them and advancing their cause. Chill out PC crew. Let your work be its own advocate.