For Christ's Sake by Tom HarpurFor Christ's Sake by Tom Harpur

For Christ's Sake

byTom Harpur

Paperback | September 1, 1993

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This radical book reveals the real, historical Jesus – and reminds us what he actually said.

Who was Jesus Christ? Was he God in human form? Was he the divine Son of God, conceived by a virgin, who came down to earth to found the one true religion? This is what the Church has been preaching since the Middle Ages, but the Church’s portrait is a far cry from the Jesus Christ described in the New Testament.

For Christ’s Sake is Tom Harpur’s classic study of what the Bible actually tells us about Jesus. Controversial and radical, in that it goes to the roots of what is known, Harpur’s book strips away the mythology about Jesus to reveal a man whose message is still fresh and relevant today.
A former Rhodes scholar and professor of New Testament studies at Wycliffe College, Toronto, Tom Harpur is also an Anglican priest. He resigned from parish work in 1979 to write full-time in the mass media, in the process extending his “parish” to the whole of Canada. His work in newspapers, television, and his books, notably For Chris...
Title:For Christ's SakeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 8.24 × 5.19 × 0.44 inPublished:September 1, 1993Publisher:McClelland & StewartLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:077103945X

ISBN - 13:9780771039454

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from For Whose Sake? Early on in this book (p. 14) Tom Harpur states, “Clearly, then, we need to be wary of those who would set forth the alleged psychology of Jesus or venture to tell us precisely what all his motives and intentions are.” He then spends the rest of the book doing just what he has warned the readers against. “(Jesus) did not think…” “(Jesus) was as aware as anyone could be that…” “(Jesus) better than anyone else knew…” “Jesus understood…” “We can infer that he meant to say…” “We know he must have…” “Jesus himself probably…..” “(Jesus) sees himself as….“ “(Jesus) would have been shocked and offended by…” “It is clear… that such a thing would have scandalized (Jesus)…” “the idea of speaking in a literal or factual way about God was totally foreign to Jesus.” “Here, as nearly always, Jesus is speaking spiritually….” “this was how Jesus understood himself and his entire ministry..” …” “Thus we can define the intention or mission of Jesus as…” and so on. Tom Harpur has his own version of Jes
Date published: 2002-06-05

From Our Editors

From the author of Life After Death comes a controversial and radical book--a classic study of what the Bible actually says about Jesus. By stripping away mythology and going to the root of what is known, Harpur reveals a man whose message is still fresh and relevant today. "A wonderful book, extremely positive".--Dr. Harvey Cox, Dean of Divinity, Harvard University.

Editorial Reviews

“If Harpur’s research and reasoning was the stuff of which sermons were made and honestly presented from the pulpit, churches wouldn’t be empty.”–Roy Bonisteel, Toronto Star“A wonderful book, extremely positive.”–Dr. Harvey Cox, Dean of Divinity, Harvard University“For Christ’s Sake is Harpur at his finest. It is articulate and hard-hitting…a timely and important challenge for the Church in this increasingly secularized world.”–The Anglican