Before I begin to present Tom Harpur to you, I must begin by saying that neither he nor I wish to preach any form of spirituality. This is not a book intended to promote an alternative to Christianity in any way, but rather it is a re-establishment of faith in whatever form it may apply to you. Tom Harpur is a regular columnist in the Toronto Star on the 'Religion page' and appears in most Sunday Editions. He is also a Rhodes scholar, former Anglican priest and professor of Greek and the New Testament at the University of Toronto. He is a prolific author with 8 bestsellers under his belt and has hosted many radio and television programs over the years. (No...not Art Bell) Here is a link to that newspaper... thestar.com | Toronto Star | Canada's largest daily And Tom Harpurs website is... Tom Harpur - The Official Website The reason I am presenting this particular book is because of the impact it has had on my life and how it changed my interpretation of what faith is all about. If you look in the Concise Oxford Dictionary for the meaning of the word "pagan', you will find the following definition: "heathen, uninlightened or irreligious person". However, it goes on to say that the origin of the word comes from the Latin 'pagus' meaning country district...therefore, in it's original meaning it meant 'peasant' or 'country dweller'. Over the centuries, as the Church authorities forced control over a wider and wider area, the word 'pagan' began to take on a derogatory notion meaning 'anyone who did not bow to the authority of the Orthodox Church'. What Tom Harpur explores in this book are the beliefs of those 'pagan' peoples and their relationship to those principles held by their oppressors. What becomes the focal point of the book is the idea that, in the pagan view, the Christ is 'within us' while in the Church view Christ is 'outside' and only to be reached through the auspices of the priesthoods...sort of 'Gatekeepers' to God, if you will. On that particular notion, I will be most happy to provide excerps from 'The Pagan Christ' in answer to questions you may have. I highly recommend reading this book if your faith is in any way shaken by the many instances of biblical debunking. It has re-affirmed mine and I suggest it may do the same for you. btw...just to warn you, Tom Harpur suggests that the 'myth' of a Christ figure is much more important to Christianity than a 'historical' one.