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The Pagan Christ

Recovering the Lost Light

by (author) Tom Harpur

Dundurn Press
Initial publish date
Oct 2005
History, History, Ancient
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    Publish Date
    Oct 2005
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    Mar 2004
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    Oct 2005
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After more than 52 weeks on the Toronto Star’s bestseller list and 43 weeks on The Globe and Mail’s bestseller list, Tom Harpur’s groundbreaking book, The Pagan Christ, is now available in paperback.

This new edition includes the twenty-page discussion guide, with more than 100 questions, to help facilitate a deeper, chapter-by-chapter analysis and more profound understanding of the findings and arguments found in the book. Subjects for discussion include: the ancient Egyptian roots of Christianity, the real meaning of the Bible, the key to whether Jesus really existed, the re-mythologizing of Christianity, the meaning of the Christ within all of us and the need to understand myth and allegory. With a new introduction by Tom Harpur, this paperback edition sheds further light on what has become one of the most talked about books of the new millennium.

About the author

Tom Harpur, columnist for the Toronto Star, Rhodes scholar, former Anglican priest, and professor of Greek and the New Testament, is an internationally renowned writer on religious and ethical issues. He is the author of ten bestselling books, including For Christ’s Sake and The Pagan Christ. He has hosted numerous radio and television programs, including “Life After Death,” a ten-part series based on his bestselling book of the same name.


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Editorial Reviews

A truly remarkable work.

The Edmonton Journal

The Pagan Christ reminds us that beneath our political and economic systems, beneath both culture and character, lies the spiritual imagination.

The Republic

The Pagan Christ...challenges complacency and opens new vistas of insight to the serious thinker.

The Toronto Star

Those who cannot accept literal orthodoxy and those whose spiritual quest is not yet at an end, will find renewed faith and hope in Harpur's brave work.

The Calgary Herald

The message of The Pagan Christ, if we choose to hear it, is ultimately one of hope and liberation.


A thoroughly captivating book...[Harpur] describes and shares his intellectual journey extremely powerfully.

The Globe and Mail

...a remarkable study into the roots of our conceived beliefs...

The Guelph Mercury

...a startling look at the pervasiveness of myth, at the way members of all religions are brothers and sisters.

The United Church Observer

Full of convincing research on the parallels between Christianity and ancient religions and philosophies.

Canadian Press

Of special interest to Christians, [The Pagan Christ] provides nourishing food for thought for questing members of all religious faiths.

The Hamilton Spectator

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