A new vision for Christianity in the 21st Millennium

Wednesday, April 7, 2004

Tom Harpur, columnist for the Toronto Star, Rhodes Scholar, and former Anglican priest and professor of Greek and New Testament at the University of Toronto, will speak at Waterloo North Mennonite Church at a fundraiser for Toronto Mennonite Theological Centre (TMTC).

As an internationally renowned writer on religious and ethical issues, Harpur is the author of eight bestselling books, including For Christ’s Sake and Would You Believe? He has hosted numerous radio and television programs, including Life After Death, a ten-part series based on his bestselling book of the same name, and a twelve-part television series based on his bestseller The Uncommon Touch: An Investigation of Spiritual Healing.

The evening’s presentation, entitled A New Vision for Christianity in the 21st Millennium, will focus on his new book, The Pagan Christ: Recovering the Lost Light. This book, Harpur says, will point to a "truly spiritual, Christ based faith" alive in the life experience of believers.

It’s time, [he says,] to redeem Christianity and to restate the true character of its message, by understanding its roots and origins.

A. James Reimer, Professor of Theology at Conrad Grebel University College and Director of TMTC will respond to Harpur's presentation.

While I may not agree with Harpur, he is never boring. He puts forward provocative and controversial theories of the origin of Christianity that appeal to large segments of the contemporary population yearning for spirituality but disillusioned with traditional Christianity and its institutions. This is why he is a best seller.

Toronto Mennonite Theological Centre (TMTC) is an inter-Mennonite teaching and resource centre on the graduate level for the development of committed and well-trained theological leadership for the church. The centre encourages scholars to grow toward wise theological discernment, spiritual depth and maturity, excellent scholarship, mutual respect and dialogue and ecumenical and global awareness. It operates within the ecumenical and academic environment of the Toronto School of Theology, in Toronto, Canada.

An Evening with Tom Harpur
Thursday, June 17, 2004 at 7:30pm
Waterloo North Mennonite Church
100 Benjamin Road,Waterloo

Tickets are $20 and available from Mennonite Savings & Credit Union branches, Conrad Grebel University College, and at the door.

Copies of The Pagan Christ will be available at the lecture.

Contact 885-0220x381 for more information.

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