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For Christ's Sake


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A former Rhodes scholar and professor of New Testament studies at Wycliffe College, Toronto, Tom Harpur is also an Anglican priest. He resigned from parish work in 1979 to write full-time in the mass media, in the process extending his "parish" to the whole of Canada. His work in newspapers, television, and his books, notably For Christ's Sake and Life After Death, have consolidated his reputation as one of Canada's pre-eminent religious voices and as a sound spiritual guide for modern times.


Canadian Tom Harpur observes that the traditional language and dogmas concerning Jesus, particularly his deity, are incomprehensible to modern people. Furthermore, he asserts, they represent a mistaken interpretation of the recorded events of Jesus's life by early and later Christianity. Harpur draws on contemporary biblical scholarship to portray a fully human Jesus, who nevertheless did perform miracles, and whom God raised from the grave as a seal upon his message and ministry. For Christ's Sake presents Jesus ``without myth'' in a manner accessible to the general reader. It concludes with a statement of faith that focuses on the message of Jesus rather than on the messenger. Myriel Crowley Eykamp, formerly with MIT Libs.

"If Harpur's research and reasoning was the stuff of which sermons were made and honestly presented from the pulpit, churches wouldn't be empty."
-Roy Bonisteel, Toronto Star

"A wonderful book, extremely positive."
-Dr. Harvey Cox, Dean of Divinity, Harvard University

"For Christ's Sake is Harpur at his finest. It is articulate and hard-hitting...a timely and important challenge for the Church in this increasingly secularized world."
-The Anglican

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