click links in text for more info
SUMMARY / RELATED TOPICS

Tom Harpur

Thomas William Harpur, known as Tom Harpur, was a Canadian biblical scholar and broadcaster. An ordained Anglican priest, he was a proponent of the Christ myth theory, the idea that Jesus did not exist but is a fictional or mythological figure, he was the author of a number of books, including For Christ's Sake, Life after Death, The Pagan Christ, Born Again. Born in the east end of Toronto, Ontario, to an evangelical family, on April 24, 1929, Harpur earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with honours in 1951 at University College at the University of Toronto, where he won the Jarvis Scholarship in Greek and Latin, the Maurice Hutton Scholarship in Classics, the Sir William Mulock Scholarship in Classics, the Gold Medal in Classics, he went on to study literae humaniores at Oriel College at the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar from 1951 to 1954 where he read the ancient historians in their original texts. He was conferred a Master of Arts degree two years later. Between 1954 and 1956 he studied theology at Wycliffe College, University of Toronto, where he was a tutor in Greek.

At Wycliffe he won prizes in homiletics and Greek and was the senior student and valedictorian in his graduating year. He returned to Oxford in 1962 and 1963 for his postgraduate studies where he read the Church Fathers. Harpur was ordained a priest in the Anglican Church of Canada in 1956, he served as a curate at St. John's York Mills, Toronto from 1956 to 1957. From 1957 to 1964 he served the parish of St. Margaret's - in-the-Pines in Ontario. During this time he lectured on ancient philosophy part-time at Wycliffe College. From 1962 to 1963 he spent a further year at Oriel College, doing postgraduate research in Patristics and New Testament studies. From 1964 to 1971, Harpur was an assistant professor and a full professor of New Testament and New Testament Greek at Wycliffe, from 1984 to 1987 he was part-time lecturer on the Theology and Praxis of Mass Media course at the Toronto School of Theology in the University of Toronto. Harpur worked as a journalist at the Toronto Star for thirty years, twelve of which were as the newspaper's religion editor.

He met his wife Susan at the Star, where she worked in the legal department, married her in 1980. After leaving the position of religion editor in 1984 he continued to contribute a regular column on religious and ethical issues. Harpur wrote 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 radio show, Harpur's Heaven and Hell, has hosted a variety of radio and television programs on the topic of religion on VisionTV, he was, over the years, a frequent commentator on religious news events for most of the Canadian networks CBC. In his years, Harpur wrote occasional opinion pieces Postmedia Network and a column for Sun Media. In 1996, his bestseller Life After Death about near-death experiences was turned into a ten-episode TV series hosted by Harpur himself. Harpur's 2004 book The Pagan Christ was named the Canadian non-fiction bestseller of the year by the Toronto Star and The Globe and Mail.

Harpur was a Fellow of the American Religious Public Relations Council, in 1976 won a State of Israel Silver Medal for Outstanding Journalism. His biography is included in the American Who's Who in Religion, Canadian Who's Who, Men of Achievement. In 2008 the CBC documentary The Pagan Christ, based upon Harpur's book, won the Platinum Remi Award at the Houston International Film Festival and the Gold Camera Award at the US International Film and Video Festival in Redondo Beach, California, he belonged to the Canadian Association of the Writers' Union. Harpur's 2004 book. Harpur builds on Alvin Boyd Kuhn when listing similarities among the stories of Jesus, Mithras 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 used forgery and violence to cover up the evidence. Having come to see the scriptures as symbolic allegory of a cosmic truth rather than as inconsistent history, Harpur concludes he has a greater internal connection with the spirit of Christ.

The book received a great deal of criticism, including a response book, Unmasking the Pagan Christ: An Evangelical Response to the Cosmic Christ Idea. Robert M. Price's negative review of The Pagan Christ notes, Harpur grants that the gospel mythemes descend only indirectly from Egyptian prototypes, through the channels of Greco-Roman Mystery cults and the Old Testament, most of the time his citation of Egyptian stories and iconography, a la Massey, et. al. implies a direct borrowing from Egypt... I am friendly to this position up to a point.... But he appeals to many, many more bits of Egyptian myth and liturgy, most of these do not strike me with anywhere near the force that they did Harpur. Harpur published a more scholarly sequel called Water Into Wine in 2007. Harpur died in Lion's Head, Ontario, on January 2, 2017, at age 87

Little Popo Agie River

The Little Popo Agie River runs through unincorporated portions of Fremont County Wyoming. The river's headwaters are at Christina Lake in the Wind River Range, it flows a total of 58 miles until its end near Hudson, Wyoming; the river's head is about 10,000 feet above sea level, its end is at around 5,000 feet above sea level. During the 19th Century, areas along the river were the site of violent encounters between the U. S. Army and Native Americans. On July 1, 1875, an army cavalry detachment documented killing two Native Americans near the river. Since at least the early 20th Century, some sections of the river have had problems with pollution thought to have come from industrial operations at nearby oil extraction sites. Around 1907, sufficient oil waste was being dumped into the Little Popo Agie River; this led to several lawsuits being filed for damages by locals using the river's water for irrigation against oil companies operating in the area. Pollution from oil waste was linked to decreased fish habitat on the river in the 1950s

Kerry Burke

Sir Thomas Kerry Burke is a New Zealand politician. He represented the Labour Party, serving throughout the second term of the Fourth Labour Government, served as Speaker of the New Zealand House of Representatives from 1987 to 1990. Burke was born in New Zealand. In 1960, he began three years of study at the University of Canterbury, after which he studied for a year at the Christchurch College of Education, he taught at Rangiora High School from 1967 to 1972 and at Greymouth High School from 1976 to 1978. Burke was first elected to Parliament as the Labour MP for Rangiora in the 1972 election. In the 1975 election, however, he lost his seat, remained outside Parliament for three years. In the 1978 election, Burke was elected as the Labour MP for the West Coast electorate; when Labour won the 1984 election, Burke became Minister of Minister of Employment. He held these roles until the 1987 election, when he was chosen to replace the outgoing Gerry Wall as Speaker. At 45 he was the second youngest Speaker in the history of the Parliament of New Zealand.

He served in this role for three years, losing the Speakership and his seat when Labour lost the 1990 election. In the 1990 New Year Honours, Burke was appointed a Knight Bachelor, the same year he was awarded the New Zealand 1990 Commemoration Medal, he was first elected councillor of the Canterbury Regional Council in 1998 and was chairman from 2004. On 24 October 2007, following the local body elections where he stood in the Christchurch South constituency, he was elected Chairman for a further term. On 24 September 2009, Burke was replaced as Chairman. In 2010 the New Zealand Government fired Burke, the remaining Regional Councillors of Environment Canterbury, two years after the previous local body elections, they were replaced by Government-appointed Commissioners and elections for Environment Canterbury were to be held in 2013, but a return to full democracy was delayed until the 2019 local elections. The reason cited for the sacking was due to poor direction, "woeful" performance and governance and an overall collapse of confidence in the organisation.

In the 2010 local elections, Burke stood for Christchurch City Council in the Spreydon-Heathcote ward but was beaten by the two incumbents. Burke was patron of Cholmondeley Children's Home in Governors Bay but relinquished this role according to the 2015 Annual Report prior to his drink driving conviction in January 2016. In March 2012 Sir Kerry joined the board of the Draco Foundation Charitable Trust, an organisation whose purpose is the protection and promotion of democracy and natural justice in New Zealand; the trust was denied charitable status by the Charities Commission and on appeal by the High Court of New Zealand. The Draco organisation was set up for political purposes. In January 2016 aged 73 Burke was convicted of drink driving having 517mcg of alcohol to a litre of breath, he was disqualified from driving for six months. Regional development policy: supporting statement to submission to the Hon. Kerry Burke, Minister of Regional Development, Christchurch,: The Councils, 1986Submission to the review of financial assistance to students: presented to the Hon. Russell Marshall, Minister of Education and to Hon. Kerry Burke, The Minister of Employment, Hon. Koro Wētere, The Minister of Maori Affairs, Hon.

Ann Hercus, The Minister of Social Welfare and of Women's Affairs, The Right Hon. David Lange, The Minister of Foreign Affairs. Wellington,: NZUSA, 1985Burke, Labour market assistance measures: a paper from the Minister of Employment, Wellington,: Employment Promotion ConferenceBurke, Kerry, A new deal in training and employment opportunities, December 1985, Wellington,: Dept. of LabourBurke, From the Minister: the Minister of Employment Kerry Burke answers questions on the government's employment programmes, Wellington,: Dept. of LabourClark, For the record: Lange and the fourth Labour Government, Wellington,: Dunmore Publishing, ISBN 1-877399-10-8CS1 maint: extra text: authors list Burke's contribution is entitled: "The youthful, united cabinet."Scott, Noel.

2014–15 Old Dominion Monarchs basketball team

The 2014–15 Old Dominion Monarchs basketball team represented Old Dominion University during the 2014–15 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Monarchs, led by second year head coach Jeff Jones, played their home games at Ted Constant Convocation Center and were members of the Conference USA, they finished the season 13 -- 5 in C-USA play to finish in a tie for second place. They lost in the quarterfinals of the C-USA Tournament to Middle Tennessee, they were invited to the National Invitation Tournament where they defeated Charleston Southern in the first round, Illinois State in the second round, Murray State in the quarterfinals to advance to the semifinals where they lost to Stanford. The Monarchs the season 9 -- 7 in C-USA play to finish in sixth place, they advanced to the quarterfinals of the C-USA Tournament to Middle Tennessee. They were invited to the College Basketball Invitational where they defeated South Dakota State and Radford to advance to the semifinals where they lost to Fresno State.

The team posted the following statistics: Jeff Jones Barefoot Coach of the Year Trey Freeman All-Conference USA First Team Conference USA Newcomer of the Year NABC All-District 11 First Team Conference USA All-Academic Team 2014–15 Old Dominion Lady Monarchs basketball team

Aleixo das Neves Dias

Bishop Aleixo das Neves Dias, S. F. X. is a prelate of the Catholic Church, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Port Blair, from 1985 to 2019. Aleixo was born in Calangute, India on 5 August 1944 to Francisco Xavier Dias and Feliza Clara Dias, he did his basic schooling from Little Flower of Calangute. He joined All India Mission Seminary, Pilar Goa in 1956. Aleixo was ordained a priest of Society of the Missionaries of Saint Francis Xavier on 21 December 1969, he served as a Rector of a major seminary in Goa. He completed his Master's Degree in sociology in Rome in 1976. In 1980 he acquired a Diploma in Communications in London. Aleixo was appointed the first Bishop of Port Blair on 22 June 1984 by Pope John Paul II and received his episcopal consecration on 20 January 1985 from Pius Kerketta, S. J. Archbishop of Ranchi. Pope Francis accepted his resignation on 6 January 2019