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The Pagan Christ Hardcover – 14 Nov 2005

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  • Hardcover: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Allen & Son Ltd (14 Nov. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0887621457
  • ISBN-13: 978-0887621451
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 247,379 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I've been studying Christianity for eight years now. I originally picked up the Bible with the intention of exposing its potholes, but what I found in the Bible had nothing to do with what I had been led to believe might be in there: what I found was pretty much a manifesto against organised religion. And so much more. It gradually became apparant to me that this book treated of eternal truths, but I couldn't put my finger on how it did this. What it did do, was get me communicating with God. Another thing that very quickly became apparent, was that there was no relation between the ideals related by Jesus and the manifestations of 'Christianity' through its fractured, finger-pointing 'church'. I've been struggling with the puzzle for years now, and the search has been fascinating, introducing me to quantum physics, a circle of well-loved authors and mystical writings from a range of religions. I've even ended up as a teacher of Religious Studies in secondary school.

I've researched Gnosticism; I've researched the takeover of Christianity by the Roman Empire in 312 AD; I've researched the atrocities committed by a group of thugs posing under the banner of 'Christianity' from the dark ages all the way into our 21st century; I've researched the experiences of mystics, and the physiological phenomena that cause them; I've researched the history, symbology and heritage behind Christian art and music; I've researched the so called 'philosophers' and 'theologians' that have plagued Christianity from the depths of their utter stupidity and blindness; I've researched the genius of those Christians who dared to delve deeper. Let me just save us all some time here by just saying that if it touches on Christianity or even religion in a wider sense, I've pretty much researched it.

Well, this little book brings it all, finally, together, in a mere 218 pages. Mr Harpur, I take my hat off to you.
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Very well researched and interesting book. Well written in plain English. Harpur appears to me (a non-Egyptologist) to understand ancient Egypt in sufficient depth to be convincing. He draws the inference that Jesus was a mythical character derived from Horus, without attempting to dislodge the alternative hypothesis that he was a real person who intentionally acted out the roles culturally appropriate for a dying and resurrected god figure.

Harpur also explores the possibility that some or all of the miracles and other stories the Bible attributes to Jesus were borrowed from earlier holy beings, something which I reckon is indeed probable: I know that writers did this for 5th/6th century people they extolled such as St. Columba, St. Kentigern, Taliesin, and King Arthur, so it is no surprise to me that Harpur identifies a similar process in the Jesus story. It is only in the scientific era in the last four centuries that writers have become sharp about what is allegorical and what is factuality (over-sharp to the point of not accepting even as probable anything that is not contemporaneously documented and cross-referenced).

So: well worth reading... with an intelligent critical ear.
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Six years ago I went on a Nile cruise visiting the ancient Egyptian temples from Thebes to Abu Simbel. We learned about the local deities and also the more important Gods such as Isis and her son Horus. The bible informs us that "There is nothing new under the sun" Which is true. Moses led the Hebru out of Egypt who were not Jewish until Moses got the 10 Commandments. Jacob married an Egyptian priests daughter and learned how to read the cup. There was a tremendous amount of discourse between the different tribes in the area and it is no surprise that some plagarism took place.

The early Christian church borrowed the Isis/Horus story for their own story of Mary/Jesus and supressed all other conflicting beliefs. Tom Harpur the author of "The Pagan Christ" being an ordained priest has explained how the Christian faith has developed. You need to read the book with an open mind and I promise you that you will not be disappointed.
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I have bought about 6 of these books over the last couple of years as I have lent them to friends and never got them back! This is one of the most interesting books I have ever read and I would recommend it to anyone wanting to make sense of religion.
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This is an excellent book, although not an easy read as such. It took me a long time to read it as I felt the need to refer to the bible to read the extracts he refers to directly. I think that Tom Harper has explained why some of us have been uneasy about the literal interpretation the church has imposed upon its followers for hundreds of years, some of which are impossible. If you are a Christian, this book is not about taking your faith away but giving you a deeper, broader and meaningful spiritual experience of the timeless message of the Divine (however you perceive this to be).
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It was nice to see a book finally written that doesn't completely dismiss Christianity but rather explains where it's all gone wrong and the true meanings. If only Christianity had been organised with this view point for the past 2000 years, a lot of travesties could have been averted!
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