Born Again by Tom Harpur

Born Again

The story of one man's escape from the narrow grip of religious fundamentalism. Perhaps Tom Harpur's most intimate book, Born Again is an important work of spiritual insight, revelation and renewal.

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Jesus was definitely not his salvation
T.F. Rigelhof, Special to The Globe and Mail
Thu., May 12, 2011

"...Harpur's accuracy of observation and truth in reporting (he displayed exemplary integrity and courage in writing of Pope John Paul II throughout his papacy) are the best reasons for reading Born Again. Whenever he is actively engaged with wonders of the natural world - including those humans such as Jean Vanier who live as participants rather than as dominators - he is at his most convincing, and earns the right to claim that there is 'far more to learn of the mystery we call God from the world around us than from all the holy books and preachers put together...'"

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A life in search of Christian truth
Jim Algie,
April 23, 2011

"...Born Again describes in efficient, engaging prose a life-long search for the divine. It places its author quite clearly within the context of humanity's traditional urge for spirituality.

'My deepest intuition from earliest days . . . is that we, each of us come from divinity and we are destined to return to God again,' he writes in one of the memoir's concluding chapters.

His text expresses belief in life after death, the value of prayer, in God and the spirit of God. Harpur maintains his critique of religious literalism while using capital letters on God words, in all the right places..."

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Tom Harpur reflects on his faith
By Kenneth Bagnell, Special to the Montreal Gazette
May 27, 2011

"...Born Again is a memoir, but also a theological reflection. The blending of autobiography with theology works because wit leavens the religion... Harpur deserves to be noted along with a small but very influential body of scholars (John Shelby Spong, Thomas Berry, Marcus Borg and others) who have taken the enormous responsibility of providing light during an important passage of Christian history: the huge transition to what American sociologist of religion Phyllis Tickle calls 'The Great Emergence.' By exploring its issues in popular form, Tom Harpur makes a lasting contribution to our approach and understanding..."

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