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Thomas William Harpur
Photo of Tom Harpur by Hugh Wesley.jpg
Tom Harpur photo by Hugh Wesley
BornApril 14, 1929(1929-04-14)
DiedJanuary 2, 2017(2017-01-02) (aged 87)
EducationB.A. (Toronto), M.A. (Oxon)
Alma materUniversity of Toronto,
University of Oxford
OccupationClassicist, theologian, priest, and journalist
Known forToronto Star religion editor
Notable work
The Pagan Christ
Spouse(s)Susan (1980-2017, his death)

The Reverend Thomas William "Tom" Harpur (April 24, 1929 – January 2, 2017) was a Canadian author, broadcaster, journalist, columnist and theologian. He was an ordained Anglican priest.

He was a known figure of the Christ myth theory. He believed in the idea that Jesus did not exist but is a fictional or mythological figure.[1] He was the author of a number of books, including For Christ's Sake (1993), Life after Death (1996), and The Pagan Christ (2004).[2]


  1. Maurice Casey Jesus: Evidence and Argument or Mythicist Myths? T&T Clark 2014 TOM HARPUR p.19-20
  2. "The Pagan Christ", CBC, December 6, 2007.