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Christ In Context: 'Zealot' Explores The Life Of Jesus
NPR book review ^ | July 15, 2013 3:02 PM | Books by Reza Aslan

Posted on 07/16/2013 5:02:25 AM PDT by vg0va3

Writer and scholar Reza Aslan was 15 years old when he found Jesus. His secular Muslim family had fled to the U.S. from Iran, and Aslan's conversion was, in a sense, an adolescent's attempt to fit into American life and culture. "My parents were certainly surprised," Aslan tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross.

As Aslan got older, he began his studies in the history of Christianity, and he started to lose faith. He came to the realization that Jesus of Nazareth was quite different from the Messiah he'd been introduced to at church. "I became very angry," he says. "I became resentful. I turned away from Christianity. I began to really reject the concept of Christ."

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The guy basically attempts to invalidate the entire Christain doctrine while placing Jesus in the ranks of a fanatic.

Says that Desciples could not have written about Jesus because they illiterate.

Seems most of his conclusions are based upon his beliefs of the time with no proof. States that Jesus was political and was crucified for that reason.

1 posted on 07/16/2013 5:02:25 AM PDT by vg0va3
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To: vg0va3
As Pamela Geller has pointed out-repeatedly-this guy is a complete fraud.

What's more, I listened to the entire hour-long interview of him by the aptly named Terry Gross, and it was pure tedium.

No new historical insights, discoveries, or conclusions.

The guy is a Grade A putz, not a religious scholar.

2 posted on 07/16/2013 5:08:15 AM PDT by OddLane
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To: vg0va3

Let him squawk. He doesn’t know Him and he never did.

3 posted on 07/16/2013 5:10:14 AM PDT by .45 Long Colt
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To: vg0va3

Look at the source: NPR. Another tax-fed boondoggle we pay to assault our values. Hey, Aslick, why don’t you spend some time debunking mohammed? You might convince some of your head-chopping brethren that he was elevated far beyond his worth.

4 posted on 07/16/2013 5:29:14 AM PDT by IronJack (=)
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To: vg0va3

This guy has no idea what he’s talking about.

Matthew was a tax collector, who would have had to keep records in his line of work. The ancient historians tell us that he was the first to write down the sayings of Jesus—within a decade or two after the Resurrection. The Gospel of John was written by a disciple.

Peter was indeed a fisherman—he may well have been illiterate. BUT the earliest Christian historians tell us that Mark was the companion of St. Peter, and that he wrote down Peter’s teachings while in Rome. And, in fact, Mark’s Gospel is full of Latinized Greek, like kenturion from Latin Centurion.

5 posted on 07/16/2013 6:38:20 AM PDT by Claud
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To: vg0va3

Aslan isn’t a Christian anymore! I hope.nobody tells C.S. Lewis! ;-)

6 posted on 07/16/2013 6:38:43 AM PDT by Campion ("Social justice" begins in the womb)
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He is like every one else that wants to make a name for himself.

He makes one statement that there is some truth to, many Churches do preach Jesus a little different than what he is portrayed in the scriptures and he builds up his entire story based on the hope that most people can recognize that one thing.

That is a very good reason why preachers should teach only what the scriptures say, we all have our own conclusions but mostly it is best to keep them to ourselves.

Everything else that is stated here is not backed up by any kind of proof, well maybe if you buy the book.

For instance, as far as the world of education is concerned i am called illiterate but i can read and write.

The Scribes and Pharisees were no doubt very well educated and they were determined to keep the jobs which i would call a gravy train that this education was providing them.

That is why they made a point to mention that the Apostles were illiterate,( ignorant ) because the truth was going to put them out of a job if every one believed it.

“The idea of literalism in the Bible is a very new phenomenon. In many ways, it’s a product of the scientific revolution. When we sort of decided that, ‘That which is true is that which can be scientifically verified.’ Well, that put into doubt the stories of the Bible

The quote above seems to me an absolute contradiction, but at any rate it is untrue, the message preached today is basically the same one preached for hundreds of years.

But unless we want to go all the way back to when people thought the world was flat the real scientific revolution is not even a hundred years old.

And that fact alone should tell any Christian that the guy is full of bull, but bull is what sells books and that is no doubt the only object.

7 posted on 07/16/2013 8:37:51 AM PDT by ravenwolf
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So NPR does religious programming now? Where is the ACLU?

8 posted on 07/16/2013 2:28:11 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: vg0va3
I agree. I am always amazed at the middle-school cockiness of those who display their own fogbound notions as if they were new, brilliant insights. They don't consider for a moment that tens of thousands of people, much-better informed than themselves, have examined, contested and dissected all these questions minutely for a score of centuries, and drawn quite different conclusions than themselves.

It's like a 13-year-old wandering into an exacting technical discussion by advanced physicists, listening uncomprehending for 2 1/2 minutes, and then proclaiming with adolescent confidence, "But guess what, you guys.. light is both a particle and a wave! Did'ja ever think of that? Huh? Did'ja? No, I didn't think so. You guys just can't handle the truth."

9 posted on 07/16/2013 2:43:07 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (I'm not denyin' the women are foolish. God Almighty made 'em to match the men.)
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I am always amazed at the middle-school cockiness of those who display their own fogbound notions as if they were new, brilliant insights.

"Dude, if God were omniscient and omnipotent and all good, then how come there's cancer, and evil like Hitler 'n Bush 'n, like, why doesn't he just give me a new iPhone 5G 'n stuff?"

I love it when they say that.

10 posted on 07/16/2013 2:51:11 PM PDT by Sirius Lee (All that is required for evil to advance is for government to do "something")
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To: Sirius Lee
And could God create a rock so heavy he couldn't lift it?


11 posted on 07/16/2013 2:54:27 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o ("Justice and judgment are the foundation of His throne." Psalm 89:14)
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