Pagans in the Pews


Peter Jones

Central Theme
Ancient paganism has worked it’s way into American life and the evangelical church with the aid of popular culture, world religion’s and Liberal Christian traditions.

When Peter Jones came to America after teaching in ¢â‚¬ËœGodless France’ he looked forward to a greater engagement in religious discussion. He was shocked to observe where the conversation in America was going! Having once embraced the assumptions and framework of a Judeo-Christian worldview, the religion Americans were now embracing was reminiscent of the ancient Gnostic beliefs rejected by the Church Fathers.

Tracing the roots of this shift, Jones found the ideological seeds planted in the 60’s, with a hope for the Age of Aquarius.” These seeds took root in the popular culture and found a home in an eclectic liberal Protestantism that had lost it’s way and was looking for a new way to define itself in a quest for cultural relevancy.

This new amalgam of beliefs means there are “pagans in the pews.” By this Jones means both seekers and believers have adopted pagan worldviews, usually uncritically. Jones exposes the situation and issues the wake-up call. The question is: Now What?

Beliefs num
–Paganism holds to a monistic worldview.
–In paganism all is one and one is all,
–In paganism humanity is one.
–In paganism all religions are one.
–In paganism our one problem our lack of mystical awareness.
–In paganism the means of escape from this problem is an awakening through a mystical experience.
–In paganism mystical experience involves suspending reason and the mind.

Questions Worth Discussing num
–How do you see monistic views in your own thinking?
–Looking at the list, how do they differ from classic Christian views?

Provocative Quotes byline
–It seems to me that the only true Christians are the Gnostics, who believe in self-knowledge, becoming Christ themselves, reaching the Christ within.
==John Lennon.
–Do not forget that the fundamental contrast has always been is still, and always will be until the end; Christianity and Paganism, the idols or the living God.
==Abraham Kuyper.

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