Banks, Robert

Going to Church in the First Century

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""There I was, nervous but curious. My hosts were fairly level-headed types who wouldn't get mixed up in anything out of the way. Being Greeks, they didn't have the advantage of a good Roman grounding in our religious and civic traditions. They would be more inclined to fall for one of those secretive, emotional-charged Eastern cults. But then you wouldn't expect a Jew, however atypical, to get involved in that sort of thing, what with his race's over-refined moral scruples and stubborn addiction to a single god.""

""From a religious point of view the whole meeting left a lot to be desired. What happened contained scarcely anything religious at all. They didn't even have a priest, let alone all the ritual that you expect. This wasn't quite what I had bargained for. Neither decently ritualistic nor exotically mysterious. All very simple and matter-of-fact. I wondered what their God thought of this slipshod and common way of doing things. Not at all in the manner to which I would have thought a God was accustomed.""

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Allan Aug 10th 2012

Simply the best

Bank's historical narrative – almost hitting 'classic' status now – is simply the best I've found to inform Christian leaders about the dynamics of 'church' in the first century. Eye brows are inevitably raised, along with questions like 'if this is so, why do we do church the way we do today?'

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