Some of you may already have discovered Ben Witherington’s ongoing critique of Pagan Christianity: Exploring the Roots of Our Church Practices, by Frank Viola and George Barna. But for those who haven’t, I want to recommend his review here. Of course, as a Reformed Baptist I would not share many of his views, but this series still looks to be very helpful and informative. Dr. Witherington is especially knowledgeable about Church history, but he offers some very solid responses to Viola & Barna on Biblical and theological matters as well. He has written a series of articles which interact with the book one chapter at a time, and he may yet add to them, so keep tuned in for the whole series, as it promises to be a good one. Here are the links to the first four of his posts:
PAGAN CHRISTIANITY: by George Barna and Frank Viola [Part One of the Review]
And here is the link to a fifth post:
Pay attention to the Comments following each article as well, where you will find interactions between Dr. Witherington and Jon Zens, one of the leading figures of the House-Church Movement. I think it worth pointing out, by the way, and think you will soon discover, that Zens has some good points of his own to make in rebuttal.
Dr. Witherington has also reproduced Howard Snyder’s Review of ‘Pagan Christianity’ at his blog.
I hope you find these posts and comments helpful in sorting through the issues.
P.S. As far as a thorough response to the book goes, I still think the best guy for the job is James White.