The Pagan Christ has ratings and 51 reviews. jcg said: Interesting but unconvincing book. The book is mainly a rehash of the work of Alvin Boyd Kuhn.. . Harpur’s work doesn’t get down here to the States easily; in fact his book of interest here, The Pagan Christ [Thomas Allen, ]. Harpur’s book is merely a. In a work sure to rattle the pews of even the most liberal of churches, ex-Anglican priest Tom Harpur contends that Christianity is built on a history that didn’t.

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Anglican priest, author Tom Harpur argued that Jesus was an allegory

Another added the wry point, “Harpur claims 10 Egyptologists in a room would not agree on anything; does this mean he could not find even one who would agree with him?

Then in AD, seven pagan philosophers leave Athens for Persia to seek friendly climes but they don’t find them and come back within a year with a safe conduct from Justinian.

As reported hereOrigen did make recourse to an pqgan method more than others did, but he did so only when “it would entail anything impossible, absurd, or unworthy of God” — he did not interpret the entirety of the scriptures allegorically as Harpur would wish to imply. Was it this symbolism that inspired the Romans and earlier the Persians to use this shape for crucifixion?

The Pagan Christ

The Pagan Christ draws upon the research of such scholars as Alvin Boyd Kuhn to argue that Christianity’s central myths were formulated in Egypt harpurr thousands of years before the Gospels were written.

If the pagans didn’t recognize it, and Justin had to perform these stretches of analogy to create parallels, how likely is it that they are genuine? According to Harpur, paban early Christian church accepted these ancient truths as the very tenets of Christianity and barpur about covering up all attempts to reveal any elements of the Bible as myth. Doherty has a B. The final prize of this struggle to transcend our material bounds, the Stanley Cup, although perhaps a later addition to the myth, is obviously a reference to the Grail – that which Jung said symbolizes “the inner wholeness for which men have always been searching”, again clearly a symbol of the human drive for the divine rather than an actual artifact.

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Transcending both positions, he believes that the real Christ is a universal archetype; a classic, pre-existent myth, known essentially by all humanity. The book from Clements Publishing challenges the key ideas lying at the hrapur of Harpur’s thesis.

Tom Harpur. Pagan Christ. Refutation.

Nowhere is the true meaning of hockey more clearly portrayed than at the beginning of the game. Again Harpur cites no source for these quotes he indicates reliance on Kuhn.

In our time of global culture, religious pluralism and the need for constructive inter-faith encounter, Harpur’s insights are appealing. Pzgan word “gunaikos” would have been redundant if “mastois” only referred to women.

Harpur’s statement that the “Christ of the Apocalypse is not the ‘personal Jesus’ of the Gospels” is misleading. Originally this was a “K”, as we see on the more traditional European team jerseys, but it has been altered by an international conspiracy of broadcasters that continues even today to repress the true meaning of hockey.

On the same page Harpur erroneously refers to Celsus as a “Jewish philosopher” he was a thorough Gentile and pagan. It is most interesting that this blue and white color combination, which re-occurs in the jersey, frequently appears in ancient religion in the struggle between Heaven tlm Earth, the latter represented by red and green.

The Pagan Christ – Tom Harpur – – Allen & Unwin – Australia

Wallis Budge are also cited. In one tradition, Isis was impregnated by “a flash of lightening or by the rays of the moon.

For centuries, the church has taught us that the Bible is a literal representation of actual events and people from millennia ago. Also, you should note that in his original chrisst he quotes 25 out of 26 words in Revelation It is only when we interpret these things correctly, as symbol and mythical being pointing to a cosmic truth, the divine struggle in all of us, that they make any sense at all.

Now I am mad, indeed, Father; for when I thought me to have been made a wise man by thee, with these thoughts thou hast quite dulled all my senses. Augustine and Sigmund Freud for supporting quotes. In the case of Harpur, the jury is still out, but I’m less than impressed so far. This should only take a few moments.


Leo the Great in his day says that it was the custom of many Christians to stand on the steps of the church of St. Gnosticism is forever persecuted and forever precious. Virtually none of the alleged evidence in The Pagan Christ dhrist documented by reference to original sources.

The fact that Gasque’s unaware of this reality or of the many books which I cite being written today on this theme, eg. As late as AD, Olympiodorus, an open pagan, still has his job, paid by the state, as a lecturer in Alexandria but the intellectual centres are moving to Constantinople to be nearer money and power.

Second, while indeed the word “Egyptologist” has been misused by numerous non-scholars such as Yosef ben-Jochanon with no credentials or training, the simple fact is that only those who have become credentialed in their field of Egyptology have any right to speak authoritatively or to be listened to on these matters.

He then adds the reasons for such a name, explaining it from the fact that they applied remedies and healed the souls of those who came to them, by chrust them like physicians, of evil passions, or from the fact that hrapur served and worshiped the Deity in purity and sincerity. In my journey, this is the right book at the right time. No reference is given for Augustine on saying that the fish “is Christ” other than tje it comes from a comment on John’s Gospel; likely what Harpur has in mind what we find here in which Augustine chrkst read the historic roasting of the fish in John as an enacted symbol: It seems pgaan these days Massey is so obscure that he does not even warrant an entry as in the most recent Columbia encyclopedia, from bartleby.

Only with a return to an inclusive religion where Christ lives within each of us will oagan gain a true understanding of who we are and who we are intended to become. Dorman of the University of Chicago commented: