In my Hack the Theologian series, I ask leading theologians about themselves, their books, and their ideas. This interview is with Frank Viola, whose new book, There must be More (aka, The Titan), is on sale until August 20.
Now that I live in the Pacific Northwest, I have come to know many people who practice the Pagan religion. Most Christians might not even know there is a Pagan religion. We tent to equate non-religious people as pagans. But there is a Pagan religion (think Vikings), and as I have come to learn more about Paganism, I have found several things I appreciate about their ways which I believe Christians could benefit from. This post contains three of these things.
C. S. Lewis said that the way to convert the world to Jesus was to first turn them into good pagans. Is he right? He said “First let us make the younger generation good pagans and afterwards let us make them Christians.”
Someone left a one-star review of Christmas Redemption on Amazon. He accuses me of leading Christians into idol worship the way Aaron led the Israelites. But I am doing the exact opposite of what Aaron did. He took the things of God and gave credit to a golden calf. I am taking the things of Saturn and giving credit to Whom they really belong – Jesus Christ.
Most Christian holidays began as pagan holidays. Is this a reason to not celebrate them? Only if you don’t believe in grace and redemption. But if you do, then there is a lot to be learned from pagan holidays, and a lot of joy and festivity to be celebrated.
A friend told me to watch Zeitgeist the Movie. So I did. It’s a troubling documentary about the origins of Christianity and the future of the world. It is difficult for me to know how true it is, but the ideas contained in Zeitgeist the Movie do not shake or trouble the foundation of my faith in Jesus Christ.