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Zealot

2013's Most Intriguing Religion Books

Religion News Service | John Murawski | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Jesus, Paul, food, charity, and prayer were just some of the areas examined in this year’s crop of books under the broad heading of religion. ...

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: 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?

Confessions of a Christian Skeptic

Joe Boyd | Posted 10.08.2013 | Religion
Joe Boyd

It may seem a strange thing to say that a kid who grew up in the church, graduated with a degree in Biblical Studies and worked as a pastor for a decade didn't know Jesus, but that's the way my story unfolded.

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.

Why Fox's Green-Aslan Interview Will Live Forever

Dennis Miller | Posted 10.04.2013 | Media
Dennis Miller

Lauren Green's interview with Reza Aslan, author of Zealot: the Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth will live forever in college courses in both a positive and negative way.

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.

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.

Reza Aslan on Jesus: A Biblical Scholar Responds

Greg Carey | Posted 07.30.2013 | Religion
Greg Carey

Allow me to address the common complaint that as a Muslim Aslan has no business writing a Jesus book. Aslan clearly respects and admires Jesus. That some Christians might find his claims unsettling is, well, tough, because Aslan is doing serious intellectual work.

Reza Aslan and Jessica Jackley: A Muslim and Christian Interfaith Family

Susan Katz Miller | Posted 09.28.2013 | Religion
Susan Katz Miller

Reza Aslan's book, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, had already reached the bestseller list when a video clip of the author went viral...

Reza Aslan On Reddit: What Happens When Jesus And Muhammad Walk Into A Bar..?

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 08.01.2013 | Religion

Reza Aslan, author of "Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth," became an Internet hero last week for his deadpan demeanor and nerves of stee...

Fox News Host Under Fire For Controversial Interview

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Shapiro | Posted 07.30.2013 | Media

Fox News' religion correspondent Lauren Green may have come under fire last week for her controversial interview with author Reza Aslan, but, accordin...

Dear Fox News, It's Not THAT Hard To Interview Reza Aslan

Posted 09.28.2013 | Media

Religious scholar Reza Aslan's interview on Fox News went so viral that his book, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, shot to #1 on Amazo...

Fox News Host: You're Muslim, So Why Write About Christianity?

Posted 07.29.2013 | Media

"You're a Muslim, so why did you write a book about the founder of Christianity?" Fox News' Lauren Green demanded of religious scholar Reza Aslan, aut...

Chris Hedges and Reza Aslan in Jesus' Service, at Christ's Table

Christopher Cocca | Posted 09.22.2013 | Religion
Christopher Cocca

I happen to feel drawn to both the Jesus of history Reza Aslan proclaims and to the Christ of faith, and that may be in part because, like Aslan, I no longer regard the Bible as literally infallible or believe it needs to be in order for the Jesus story to be true.

Jesus: A Model for Living Authentically

Rev. Peter M. Wallace | Posted 09.22.2013 | Religion
Rev. Peter M. Wallace

Thich Nhat Hanh tells us that in Buddhism, the energy that helps us "touch life deeply" is known as smrti, the energy of mindfulness. It's clear that Jesus is full of smrti. He allows his emotions to empower his life positively. And, he invites us to join him in this authentic way of living.

Read An Excerpt Of Zealot By Reza Aslan

Posted 07.17.2013 | Religion

Excerpted from ZEALOT: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan Copyright © 2013 by Reza Aslan. Excerpted by permission of Random House,...

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| Posted 07.17.2013 | Books

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