Born Again


Tom Harpur’s compelling spiritual journey from fundamentalism to mass media.

Tom Harpur, the late author and host of numerous radio and television programs, was at the forefront of the modern challenge to humankind’s spiritual identity. His radical and ground-breaking book The Pagan Christ touched the lives of thousands of seekers. In Born Again, he tells the story of his own search for spiritual understanding, and the result is a spiritual odyssey, the story of one man’s escape from the narrow grip of religious fundamentalism.

Born into an Irish immigrant family in Toronto, Tom Harpur was groomed for the ministry by his father from an early age. He won a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford, then returned to Canada and enrolled in Wycliffe College, the bastion of Anglican evangelicalism. Ordained to the ministry, Tom Harpur served for a number of years in his own parish before seeking a wider ministry in the world of mass media.

In 1971, Tom Harpur joined the Toronto Star as the religion editor and, over a number of years, reported on and met with many important spiritual figures from Pope John Paul II to Mother Teresa as he travelled around the globe.

Perhaps Tom Harpur’s most intimate book, Born Again outlines the critical elements of his own path, a journey that culminates in the writing of The Pagan Christ and the realization that, while there is no firm evidence for an historical Jesus, the Christos dwells within all living souls. The book concludes with a chapter about his vision of a Christianity reborn into a consciousness of the Cosmic Christ. Born Again is an important work of spiritual insight, revelation, and renewal.


Harpur's accuracy of observation and truth in reporting are the best reasons for reading Born Again.

The Globe and Mail

Harpur is a nimble writer. His story moves smoothly and effectively...

Winnipeg Free Press

Tom Harpur makes a lasting contribution to our approach and understanding

The Gazette (Montreal)

Harpur calls on organized religion to raise its sights from the limitations of scripture to look for God in the evidence of a larger creation-the universe itself

The Examiner

About the Author

Tom Harpur

Posted by Dundurn Guest on December 6, 2014

Tom Harpur

Tom Harpur was a columnist for the Toronto Star, Rhodes scholar, former Anglican priest, and professor of Greek and the New Testament, and was an internationally renowned writer on religious and ethical issues. He was the author of ten bestselling books, including For Christ’s Sake and The Pagan Christ.