Would You Believe?: Finding God Without Losing Your Mind - A Book for Skeptics, Doubters, and Wistful Unbelievers by Tom HarpurWould You Believe?: Finding God Without Losing Your Mind - A Book for Skeptics, Doubters, and Wistful Unbelievers by Tom Harpur

Would You Believe?: Finding God Without Losing Your Mind - A Book for Skeptics, Doubters, and…

byTom Harpur

Paperback | September 1, 2000

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A hundred years ago, most people accepted without question what their priest or rabbi or imam taught them about God, but many people today, educated to think for themselves, find that the concepts of God taught by the world’s major religions either insult or contradict their intelligence. At the same time they find that having no faith has left a yawning spiritual void in their lives. In Would You Believe?, Tom Harpur deals with the tough questions raised today by real people, such as how to reconcile the presence of evil, pain and suffering with belief in a loving God.

The challenge we face, Harpur writes, is not to find a substitute but to rediscover God under the encrustation of ritual and doctrine that the various faiths have built up. We can go beyond all narrow-minded claims of being the only true religion, the only correct interpreter of God, he says, when we understand that all faiths are simply routes towards God that humans have been inspired to create. We can use our intelligence to believe in God, rather than deny it in order to swallow notions devised for a different people and a different time.


From the Hardcover edition.
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...
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Title:Would You Believe?: Finding God Without Losing Your Mind - A Book for Skeptics, Doubters, and…Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8 × 4.5 × 0.75 inPublished:September 1, 2000Publisher:McClelland & StewartLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0771039492

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The most basic, yet deepest, question of faith is addressed in Would You Believe? Finding God Without Losing Your Mind. Noted spiritual author Tom Harpur asks atheists and religious doubters to consider some of the reasons why faith can make a difference — to ourselves as individuals and to the entire human race. Acknowledging and discussing the impediments to believing in God in these times, Harpur makes a case for a personal awakening of faith, unrelated to the preaching of contemporary religious leaders. Deeply felt and uniquely argued, this engaging book is a passionate call for us to find the faith within.

Editorial Reviews

“Brilliantly conceived and intellectually challenging.”–Toronto Star“A reasoned, faith-full, searching examination of basic questions about religious belief today.”–Ann Copeland, Ottawa Citizen“With the intelligence [Harpur] brings to bear in thinking about God, one is more tempted to believe.”–London Free Press“Harpur speaks to the growing number of people who have drifted away from the religion of their parents and who now face a spiritual vacuum.”–Southam NewsFrom the Hardcover edition.