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eBook The Thinking Person's Guide to God: Overcoming the Obstacles to Belief ePub

by Tom Harpur

  • ISBN: 0761507078
  • Category: Christian Living
  • Subcategory: Bibles
  • Author: Tom Harpur
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Prima Lifestyles (September 18, 1996)
  • Pages: 224
  • ePub book: 1552 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1123 kb
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  • Rating: 4.1
  • Votes: 374

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Author Tom Harpur asked the readers of his syndicated newspaper column on ethics and religion for help with some . I saw this book at a "Book Market" store in the "inspirational" section. The name, "The Thinking Person's Guide to God", attracted my attention.

He invited them to submit brief descriptions of their stumbling blocks to faith. I picked it up and thought: "Aghh, it's just another "spiritual", f, one-of-the-many book. Oh, man, how wrong I was! I had never heard of the author, but I thought: "what the heck? I am a thinking person, and I sure have a lot of questions, so why not?" I made a good choice.

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Harpur's 2004 book The Pagan Christ presents the case that the gospels rework ancient pagan myths. The thinking person's guide to God : overcoming the obstacles to belief. Harpur builds on Alvin Boyd Kuhn when listing similarities among the stories of Jesus, Horus, Mithras, Buddha and others. According to Harpur, in the second or third centuries, the early church created the fictional impression of a literal and historic Jesus and then used forgery and violence to cover up the evidence.

The thinking person's Guide to God: Overcoming the Obstacles to Belief 30 Although the author believes in a personal God and the Christian faith .

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Harpur's 2004 book The Pagan Christ presents the case that the gospels re-work ancient pagan myths, Harpur builds on Alvin Boyd Kuhn when listing .

Harpur's 2004 book The Pagan Christ presents the case that the gospels re-work ancient pagan myths, Harpur builds on Alvin Boyd Kuhn when listing similarities among the stories of Jesus, Horus, Mithras, Buddha and others.

The Reverend Thomas William Harpur. Tom Harpur photo by Hugh Wesley. Harpur has also written a number of books on religion and theology, ten of which became Canadian bestsellers and two of which were made into TV series for VisionTV. For a time he had his own TV show, Harpur's Heaven and Hell, and has hosted a variety of radio and television programs on the topic of religion, particularly on VisionTV.

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People want and need a faith that makes sense in the world of today," Harpur writes in his newest book, "The Thinking Person's Guide to God: Overcoming the Obstacles to Belief. Above all they do not want to purchase faith at the expense of numbing, denying, or offending their intellect

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Author Tom Harpur asked the readers of his syndicated newspaper column on ethics and religion for help with some research. He invited them to submit brief descriptions of their stumbling blocks to faith, spirituality, and religion. Soon scores of letters flooded in from readers who would like to have a vital faith in God (regardless of denomination or religion) but honestly cannot because of some doubts or difficulties. C.S. Lewis's Screwtape Letters was the guide for thoughtful Christians in the seventies. In a similar manner, Tom Harpur paves the way for today's seekers. He replies to some of these most troubling questions in his book, The Thinking Person's Guide to God. Is belief in God unscientific? Is the only path to salvation through Jesus? What about people of other faiths? Is the Bible as the Word of God a credible belief today? Why is there so much evil in the world? Does God hate women?About the AuthorTom Harpur, columnist for the Toronto Sunday Star, Anglican priest, Rhodes Scholar, and former teacher of Greek and the New Testament, is a prominent writer on religious and ethical issues. He is the author of several books: Always on Sunday, For Christ's Sake, God Help Us, Harpur's Heaven and Hell, and, most recently, The Uncommon Touch. Tom Harpur lives near Toronto, Canada.

Comments

Sardleem Sardleem
This is one of the best books I've read on the subject of religion. The author assures us that we can have faith and still have unanswered questions.
Samulkis Samulkis
I saw this book at a "Book Market" store in the "inspirational" section. The name, "The Thinking Person's Guide to God", attracted my attention. I picked it up and thought: "Aghh, it's just another "spiritual", find-God-for-yourself, one-of-the-many book. Oh, man, how wrong I was! I had never heard of the author, but I thought: "what the heck? I am a thinking person, and I sure have a lot of questions, so why not?"
I made a good choice. As read this book (by the way, the language is very accessible and easy to follow), I was more and more convinced that I was reading my own thoughts! I agreed with almost everything the author had to say, I got a list of good books to read about the subject and, most importantly, I got a strong feeling that I am not alone here! There is an army of people, who share very similar ideas and doubts about God's nature and existence.
I especially liked the chapter called "Cosmic Consiousness". Very thought-provoking. By the way, you can read this book by chapters: just look in the contents and pick the one you want to read at the moment.
There was one chapter though, called "Fuzzy Logic", which contained ideas that I would call controversial and even questionable. On the whole, I agree with its premise, but I think there are still a number of values that no "if"s or "but"s can be applied to. For example, human life. It has a unique and absolute value, of which you can't say: "it starts with conception, but it also starts with birth". Sorry, human life starts only once.
Overall, though, I would highly recommend this book to anyone sincerely searching for meaning in his/her life.
Also recommended: Tom Harpur, "For Christ's Sake" and "Life after Death"; Leo Tolstoy, "The Kingdom of God is Within You", "Confession" and "Critique of Dogmatic Theology" (by the way, sometimes I wonder if Tom Harpur has ever read these works by Tolstoy. If he hasn't, then this book is one more proof that men can make the same discoveries quite independently: Tolstoy and Harpur have very similar ideas on some things.)
Hatе&love Hatе&love
I think one enjoys a book when it agrees with ones own thoughts; with what one has learned so far. This book taught, with the greatest simplicity, about the most profound subject. The title is the greatest clue of the contents. Anyone who has read for a lifetime, searching for the answer that one is comfortable with, will feel at home with the thoughts in The Thinking Person's Guide to God. When you read this subject matter you always meet the same people on the way. They are in this book too, but new, exciting people are introduced and new ideas left for one to study. It wraps up the past, present and future into one understandable vision of a God one can trust. Not any God of the masses but a close, personal God. A God that when you can look out of your window, you know He is there. It is full of references to take you further on your journey. It puts you at the crossroad of your search and you can't wait to go on.
Dagdalas Dagdalas
Tom Harpur put words (and more importantly, justifications) to the faith I have been struggling to understand my entire life. For the first time, I am comfortable in believing in God but not necessarily all of the dogmas of mainstream Christianity. He writes in a style that is easy, smooth and intelligent, and he speaks to us not on a level of a religious leader (which he is) but a searcher like the rest of us. He supports a brand of faith that I can respect and understand. Harpur writes of a religion that is tolerant and loving, emotional and smart. The sphere of religious believers is much wider than it sometimes seems, but the lack of anything other than the most extremist voices is often an insurmountable obstacle to religion. Christianity would claim many more excited believers if it were made more accessible. What an incredible service Tom Harpur is doing.

Reading this book gave rest to the chaos I have felt for years. And what joy I found along the way! If someone asked me to describe my faith, I would hand them this book.