Reza Aslan's 'new' take on Jesus
Jesus not only saves; it turns out he also sells.University of California Riverside professor Reza Aslan’s new book, “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth,” currently occupies the No. 1 spot on Amazon’s bestseller list. The Iranian-born Aslan, who converted from Islam to evangelical Christianity as a teenager, then converted back to Islam, also has received the kind of publicity that every liberal author craves: getting dissed on Fox News ...
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Since: May 08
#1 Aug 10, 2013
from Detroit News:
"... According to the Quran, Jesus was a prophet, born of a virgin (although he wasn’t the son of God), but he was never crucified, instead ascending directly into heaven.
"So Aslan’s book, which portrays Jesus as a Jewish-nationalist revolutionary with no divine self-conception, departs from the doctrine of both Islam and Christianity. Aslan may or may not be a devout Muslim in his private life, but his book is actually the latest installment in a vast body of literature reflecting the beliefs of a completely different religion: the Church of the Historical Jesus ...
"Like other religions, the Church of the Historical Jesus has developed its own orthodoxy, with its own doctrines and dogmas.
"The problem is that outside of a few stray references in non-Christian texts of that era, the Gospels and other New Testament writings constitute everything that we know about what Jesus said and did.
"So the members of the Church of the Historical Jesus cherry-pick the Gospels to find passages supporting their position that Jesus was essentially a radical reformer who performed few to no miracles — how could he?— and was transformed into a deity after his death by his wishful-thinking followers.
"In this respect, what is most interesting about 'Zealot' is how unoriginal it is."
In fact, "Zealot" is just a rehash of an ancient Christain heresy embraced by Islam known as Gnosticism.
Since: Mar 11
St. Croix valley
#2 Aug 10, 2013
the fact that people in this day and age are still talking about these proven myths as if they are relevant or even close to it is amazing. it certainly shows the power of religious cults to turn otherwise rational people into idiots...
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