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The Pagan Christ : Recovering the Lost Light
by Tom Harpur | Religion & Spirituality
Registered by brewski of Markham, Ontario Canada on 3/2/2006
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Journal Entry 1 by brewski from Markham, Ontario Canada on Thursday, March 02, 2006

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From Publishers Weekly
Harpur, a former Anglican priest and professor of Greek and New Testament at the University of Toronto, delves into the foundations of the Christian faith, questioning the historicity of the Bible, reinterpreting the familiar stories and restoring what he considers the inner meaning of scriptural texts. "Taken literally, they present a world of abnormal events totally unrelated to people's authentic living today." He documents the many traditions that predate Christianity and parallel the familiar Bible story. He sees Christianity, and the Bible itself, as a rehash of these traditions, merely imitative rather than a record of actual, historical events. He goes so far as to question the existence of the historical Jesus. Harpur believes that the early church establishment, through deliberate acts of suppression and the destruction of books that might challenge the orthodox view (most famously in the Alexandrian Library), shaped a rigid institution unable to cope with an evolving world. He insists that a major change must take place in order for Christianity to survive. His solution is termed "Cosmic Christianity"—a radical reinterpretation not just of the Bible but of the nature of the Christian faith and its links to the world's great spiritual traditions. Harpur's arguments, themselves a rehash of earlier scholarship, are unlikely to convince readers who are not already inclined to his views. 


Journal Entry 2 by brewski from Markham, Ontario Canada on Saturday, August 12, 2006

5 out of 10

Well, I finally finished reading this book after I don't know how many months. This was just not an enjoyable read for me. While there were many interesting points made throughout the book, they were interspersed with dry parts that seemed to simply quote bits from Kuhn and Massey.

I feel as if I would have been better served by simply reading Kuhn's writings. 


Journal Entry 3 by brewski from Markham, Ontario Canada on Tuesday, January 30, 2007

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Set aside to give to my brother when he visits in September 2007. 


Journal Entry 4 by brewski at San Jose, California USA on Tuesday, October 14, 2008

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Released 10 yrs ago (9/16/2007 UTC) at San Jose, California USA

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Sent back to California with my younger brother. 


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