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Reza Aslan

Religious Scholar: Jesus Was A Marxist

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | Posted 09.08.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

Religious scholar Reza Aslan has news for "prosperity preachers" like Joel Osteen and T.D. Jakes: Jesus was pretty much a Marxist. Aslan spoke out...

How A Terrible Fox News Interview Helped This Author Beat J.K. Rowling

HuffPost Live | Kira Brekke | Posted 09.08.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

When Fox News interviews go bad, they go really bad. Must we remind you of last year's notorious interview with religious scholar Reza Aslan? Well...

Reza Aslan Defends Celebrities Speaking Out About Gaza

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 08.01.2014 | Media

From Rihanna to Penelope Cruz to Madonna, celebrities have taken to social media to weigh in on the ever-escalating conflict in Gaza. And according to...

Is This CNN's Next Hire?

The Huffington Post | Katherine Fung | Posted 07.13.2014 | Media

Religious scholar Reza Aslan revealed on Friday that he is planning a new series on CNN. Aslan tweeted at CNN host Jake Tapper that he has "just s...

13 Religious Leaders Who Rocked 2013

Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion

Malala Yousafzai By continually reminding everyone that her convictions around education and peace come from God and Islam, Malala proved again and a...

Let's Move Christmas to February!

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 02.18.2014 | Religion
Clay Farris Naff

The new Christmas will overshadow the oh-so-sappy Valentine's Day and the all-too-awkward "Presidents Day." (Blend two birthdays and then shut down the mail? Is that any way to honor our most heroic leaders?)

First Christmases in Bethlehem and America

Terry Kelhawk | Posted 02.16.2014 | Religion
Terry Kelhawk

Perhaps each of our births is a type of first Christmas. We arrive as strangers on this planet. On this hostile planet we all will have crosses to bear. We are not the Savior, but we can be a savior.

The Birth Of Jesus According To Reza Aslan

Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion

Reza Aslan, a Biblical scholar and author of "Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth," spoke to The Huffington Post to give a historical pers...

Fox News Guest Talks About THAT Interview

The Huffington Post | Catherine Taibi | Posted 12.12.2013 | Media

Religion expert Reza Aslan was back on Wednesday night to talk with Jon Stewart about his Fox News interview in July that has been deemed "the most em...

James and Paul

Greg Carey | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Greg Carey

How things really stood between Paul and James, we cannot know. But we can say with confidence that Paul did not "invent" Christian adoration of Jesus, as some claim.

Art Contributed to the Christian-Jewish Divide, and Art Can Heal it

Bernard Starr | Posted 11.19.2013 | Arts
Bernard Starr

From its very beginnings Christianity sought separation from Judaism. No small task since Christianity arose from Jewish prophesies and a connection to the Jewish Davidic line, which, according to the Torah, would produce the Messiah.

The Story Behind the Story: What Happens When Iconoclasm Becomes a Creed

Charles Redfern | Posted 11.03.2013 | Religion
Charles Redfern

Zealot, which portrays Jesus as a nationalistic revolutionary bent on temporal kingship, is one more error-riddled iconoclastic cliché in an era of cheap iconoclastic clichés, as convincing as Dan Brown's The DaVinci Code.

Reza Aslan's, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth

Robert Orlando | Posted 11.03.2013 | Religion
Robert Orlando

The author's source material is familiar to scholars; however, for this reviewer, at times it was interpreted too broadly.

Reza Aslan and Fox News: What One Interview Says About Perceptions of Muslims

Mehroz Baig | Posted 10.19.2013 | San Francisco
Mehroz Baig

The fact of the matter is that identifying as Muslim is just like identifying with any other religion. Muslims come in all shapes, colors and sizes with varying degrees of ideologies, beliefs and practice. However, the message hasn't gotten across.

Reza Aslan's Zealot: Religious Extremism Then and Now

Robert Orlando | Posted 10.14.2013 | Religion
Robert Orlando

Well before Zealot, whole libraries of books have made a strong case that Jesus was a revolutionary, a political insurrectionist or dangerous man, and feared by the Romans. So what was it that sparked the re-emergence of this redundant religious argument?

Reza Aslan: Why Aren't You a Jew?

Bernard Starr | Posted 10.08.2013 | Religion
Bernard Starr

If you reject the virgin birth, Jesus' divinity, and the resurrection -- as Aslan does -- what remains is Judaism.

Jesus on Stage

Grant Lyon | Posted 10.07.2013 | Comedy
Grant Lyon

If you try to talk about religion on stage, people in the audience will immediately question your right to talk about religion rather than listen to the points you try to make.

Jesus and the Zealotry of Reza Aslan

Joseph Loconte, Ph.D. | Posted 10.06.2013 | Religion
Joseph Loconte, Ph.D.

Like countless authors before him, Aslan claims to have discovered a radically different Jesus from the personality portrayed in the gospels and preached by the church for two millennia.

Pastors And Professors Critique Reza Aslan's Portrayal Of Jesus In 'Zealot'

USA Today | Bob Smietana | Posted 08.03.2013 | Religion

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) For the third time, Jesus is about to change Reza Aslan’s life. As a teenager, Aslan turned to Jesus in an evangelical yo...

The Missed Opportunity of the Aslan/Green Moment

Stephen Mansfield | Posted 10.02.2013 | Religion
Stephen Mansfield

It was among the worst ten minutes in the history of televised religious dialogue. It failed Fox News. It failed scholarship. It failed every faith in play at the moment.

A Nun Does What Fox News Couldn't

Raw Story | Posted 08.01.2013 | Politics

Sister Rose Pacatte and religious scholar Reza Aslan discussed Biblical literalism and other topics in an interview published by the Ignatian News Net...

Why It Does Matter That Reza Aslan Is Muslim

Brandon Ambrosino | Posted 09.30.2013 | Religion
Brandon Ambrosino

The more aware a historian is of her own bias, the better prepared she is to overcome it. But if our offense at FOX's question is any indication of Aslan's own feelings on the matter, then it seems like Aslan hasn't even begun to consider his own bias, let alone worked at overcoming it.

Objectivity Impossible for Muslims?

Deanna Othman | Posted 09.30.2013 | Religion
Deanna Othman

What remains central to this discussion is not the content of Reza Aslan's work of scholarship, but the role his identity plays in his ability to act as a scholar.

Wait, THIS Is The Most Embarrassing Fox News Interview Ever

Posted 07.31.2013 | Comedy

If you thought Fox News' interview with religious scholar and author Reza Aslan was bad, wait until you see their interview with competitive eating ch...

A Helluva Zealot: Reza Aslan Doesn't Just Bury Fox News, He Resurrects the Young, Progressive Christian Imagination

Jennifer Danielle Crumpton | Posted 09.30.2013 | Religion
Jennifer Danielle Crumpton

As Zealot reveals, the idea of a messiah was very different in his time. Jesus was not surrounded by angels, he was surrounded by the demons of his generation's culture, and he fought like, well, a man of his meager means and a world-changing vision.