Tom Harpur

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Harpur grants that the gospel mythemes descend only indirectly from Egyptian prototypes, through the channels of Greco-Roman Mystery cults and even the Old Testament, most of the time his citation of Egyptian stories and iconography, a la Massey, et. al., implies a direct borrowing from Egypt ... I am friendly to this position up to a point. ... But he appeals to many, many more bits of Egyptian myth and liturgy, and most of these do not strike me with anywhere near the force that they did Harpur. [7]

Harpur published a more scholarly sequel called Water into Wine in 2007. [8]


Harpur died in Lion's Head, Ontario, on January 2, 2017, at age 87. [9]


  • Harpur's Heaven and Hell. Oxford, 1983. ISBN   0-7710-3941-7
  • For Christ's Sake. Oxford, 1986. ISBN   0-19-540533-1
  • Always on Sunday. Oxford, OUP. 1988 0195406508
  • Prayer Journal Kelowna. B.C. Northstone.
  • Prayer - The Hidden Fire Kelowna, B. C. Northstone.1997 ISBN   1-896836-32-1
  • Would You Believe McClelland and Stewart. (US title: The Thinking Person’s Guide to God, Prima, 1996
  • Harpur vs. Hancock Hantsport, N. S. Lancelot, 1994. ISBN   0-88999-584-2
  • The Divine Lover (Lancelot)
  • The God Question (Lancelot)
  • Life After Death McClelland and Stewart. 1991. ISBN   0-7710-3941-7
  • God help us Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, 1992 ISBN   0-7710-3943-3
  • Communicating the Good News Today (Lancelot)
  • The uncommon touch : an investigation of spiritual healing. Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, c1994. ISBN   0-7710-3944-1
  • Harpur vs. Hancock (Tom Harpur, Maxine Hancock). Hantsport, N.S. Lancelot Press, 1994. ISBN   0-88999-584-2
  • The thinking person's guide to God : overcoming the obstacles to belief. Rocklin, Calif. : Prima Pub., 1996. ISBN   0-7615-0707-8
  • The Spirituality of Wine (Northstone)2004
  • The Pagan Christ: Recovering the Lost Light. Toronto.Thomas Allen, 2004. ISBN   0-88762-145-7
  • Finding the Still Point - A Spiritual Response to Stress Kelowna. B.C. Northstone, 2005 1896836712
  • Living Waters (Thomas Allen, 2006) ISBN   0-88762-225-9, 2006
  • Water Into Wine: An Empowering Vision of the Gospels. Thomas Allen, 2007 ISBN   0-88762-277-1
  • Born Again: My Journey from Fundamentalism to Freedom. Thomas Allen, 2011 ISBN   9780887627385
  • There is Life after Death. (Updated and revised version of Life After Death, 1991) Thomas Allen, 2011 ISBN   9780887627408
Children's books
  • The Terrible Finn MacCoul Oxford, OUP, 1990. 0195407164.
  • The Mouse that Couldn't Squeak (Oxford)

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  1. Maurice Casey Jesus: Evidence and Argument or Mythicist Myths? T&T Clark 2014 TOM HARPUR p.19-20
  2. "The Pagan Christ", CBC, December 6, 2007.
  3. 1 2 Siekierska, Alicja (January 6, 2017). "Former Star Religion Editor and Columnist Tom Harpur Dead at 87" . Toronto Star. Retrieved December 28, 2018.
  4. "Biography - Tom Harpur".
  5. Tom Harpur, The Pagan Christ (Toronto: Thomas Allen Publishers, 2004)
  6. Porter, Stanley E.; Bedard, Stephen J. (2006). Unmasking the Pagan Christ: An Evangelical Response to the Cosmic Christ Idea. Clements Publishing Group. ISBN   9781894667715.
  7. Robert M. Price (2009). "Review - Tom Harpur, The Pagan Christ: Recovering the Lost Light reviewed by Robert M. Price". Retrieved 3 September 2016.
  8. Harpur, Tom (2008-11-06). Water into Wine: An Empowering Vision of the Gospels. ISBN   9780887628276.
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Tom Harpur
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Thomas William Harpur

(1929-04-14)April 14, 1929
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
DiedJanuary 2, 2017(2017-01-02) (aged 87)
Known for Toronto Star religion editor
(m. 1980)
Ecclesiastical career
ReligionChristianity (Anglican)
Church Anglican Church of Canada
Ordained1956 (priest)
Congregations served
St. Margaret's-in-the-Pines, Scarborough
Academic background
Alma mater