How Jesus the Jew became Jesus the Christ: ‘Zealot’ author Reza Aslan speaks in S.F.by jonathan kirsch, l.a. jewish journal
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Reza Aslan, an author and scholar of religion, has established himself as a familiar face and voice on American television, the go-to guy for commentary on the Islamic world, and he embodies all the
But the Fox interviewer, Lauren Green, was apparently unaware that Aslan does not suffer fools gladly.
“You’re a Muslim,” the network’s religion specialist said at the start of her first question. “So why did you write a book about the founder of Christianity?”
“To be clear, I am a scholar of religions with four degrees, including one in the New Testament, with fluency in biblical Greek, who has been studying the origin of Christianity for two decades, who happens to be a Muslim,” Aslan admonished his inquisitor. “Anyone who thinks this book is an attack on Christianity hasn’t read it yet.” When Green pressed the point, Aslan deftly schooled her on the Islamophobia that suffused her questions: “I think it is a little strange that, rather than debating the arguments of the book, we are debating the right of the scholar to actually write it.”
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