My take on Tom Harpur’s “The Pagan Christ”


Mom loaned me Tom Harpur’s The Pagan Christ (Recovering the Lost Light) over the holiday weekend and I devoured it, finishing it on the train home from Perth (via Smiths Falls) yesterday. 

It has quickened my step, as it were, in my spiritual journey with a well-researched, wonderful rethinking of the Bible’s historicity, both Old and New Testaments, and the capacity for – indeed the reality of – the divine, “cosmic” nature within each of us.

Harpur’s book makes the Bible readable again, putting it in a universal context, with a wealth of new insights which demystify huge chunks of it and elevate some of its credibility-stretching claims to beautiful illustrations of how inner life can be for all of us – undivided by religions.

It’s time that even liberal Christians, with the best of intentions, stopped trying to imagine what may or may not have been meant by – or correctly attributed to – the Jesus of red letter typeface. As Harpur sheds light on relatively recent research that has, until now, gathered much dust in the ivory towers of academia he makes the case that there’s so much more to be read, inspired by and personalised – and from many, some unexpected, sources.

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