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The Pagan Christ : Is blind faith killing Christianity? - Tom Harpur

The Pagan Christ

Is blind faith killing Christianity?

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For centuries, the church has taught us that the Bible is a literal representation of actual events and people from millennia ago. But is it possible that the events in the Bible never occurred - that all those people never existed? ..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 happen, upon a series of miracles that were never performed, and on allegories scavenged from the teachings and myths of ancient cultures...Long before the advent of Christ, the Egyptians and other ancient societies believed in the coming of a messiah, in a Madonna and her child, a virgin birth, and the incarnation of the spirit made flesh. Civilisations as diverse as the Persians and the Aztecs shared the same religious doctrine as Christian churches today, long before the testaments were purportedly recorded as history. According to Harpur, the early Christian church accepted these ancient truths as the very tenets of Christianity and set about covering up all attempts to reveal any elements of the Bible as myth. ..What began as a belief system with the potential to transform the faith of millions has been twisted by blind literalism into a mind-numbing tradition of unquestioned belief in allegory and ritual. ..As he reconsiders a lifetime of worship and study, Harpur eloquently reveals a cosmic faith built on universal truths. His message is clear: our blind faith in literalism is killing Christianity and dividing religions; only a return to an inclusive belief system where Christ lives within each of us will save it.

Author's Note..Acknowledgements..1 Discovery: A Bible Story I'd Never Heard Before..2 Setting the Stage: Myths Aren't Fairy Tales..3 Christianity before Christianity: Where It All Began..4 The Greatest Cover-up of All Time: How a Spiritual Christianity Became a Literalist Christianism..5 It Was All Written Before - In Egypt..6 Convincing the Sceptics..7 The Bible - History or Myth?: The End of Fundamentalism..8 Seeing the Gospels With New Eyes: Sublime Myth Is Not Biography..9 Was There a Jesus of History?..10 The Only Way Ahead: Cosmic Christianity..Epilogue

ISBN: 9781741155020
ISBN-10: 1741155029
Format: ePUB
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 1st March 2005
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Edition Number: 1