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Here is an opener for Tom Harpur's 'The Pagan Christ'

"If the book we are reading does not wake us, as with a fist hammering on our skulls, why then do we read it? A book must be an ice-axe to break the sea frozen inside us." Franz Kafka

The Pagan Christ (Thomas Allen Publishing, Toronto) will fall as such an "axe" if:

*You loved Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ
*You accept the basic premise of Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code
*You believe the Bible is about historical persons, issues, or persons
*You are a Christian Fundamentalist, Conservative, or Liberal
*You believe in an historical Jesus of Nazareth
*You think history matters more than myth
*You are a Zionist who believes the conquest of what is now Israel and the occupied territories actually happened as the Book of Joshua describes it and so validates current claims that it was all "God-given" and must never be ceded to others.
*You are a Muslim terorist who believes suicide attacks are blessed by God and rewarded by heavenly delights hereafter
*You hold that one religion (yours presumably)is right and superior to all others
*You see no future for Christianity, have dropped out through lack of interest, or are currently seeking a vital, cosmic spirituality.

These are some of the issues before us as we take a look at a book described by The Toronto Star as "a religious bombshell."

Steve

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Tom Harpur starts Tuesday/Wednesday 967 Jaimi2 18-Jul-04 20:31
My take 374 Kees 18-Jul-04 20:40
Re: Tom Harpur starts Tuesday/Wednesday 326 Tom Harpur 20-Jul-04 19:12
A single flickering candle 349 Kees 20-Jul-04 20:04
Re: A single flickering candle 343 Milo 20-Jul-04 20:25
Re: A single flickering candle 550 marduk 04-Aug-04 17:18


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