1. Tom Harpur is a highly read and respected Canadian scholar, columnist and author.
2. He is passionate about important issues. Here is an admirable statement:
â€œFaithful readers of my previous books, and of my columns over the years, will know that I have been steadily and inexorably pushed by the Spirit toward an independent realization of many of the truths expressed much more boldly and fully in this volumeâ€ (p. 177). Anyone so devoted to world peace, unity, and the pursuit of truth like this should be recognized.
4. He has unique and penetrating insight into the Church, which I love and am passionate about. He ministered to local congregations for years, and that is a valuable asset. When he writes, (quoting Gibbon), â€œThe practice of superstition is so congenial to the multitudes that, if they are forcibly awakened, they still regret the loss of their pleasing visionâ€, that is a pastorally sensitive insight. Throughout his book he tries to ease his traditionally biased readers into some of the radical statements heâ€™s about to make, like a good pastor would. I would love to sit down with him in such a setting as this over a bottle of fine red wine and discuss the welfare of the Church in Canada and the world (He is a wine-expert of sorts. See his book, The Spirituality of Wine). His dog is welcomed to!