I really believe that to have a full impression of Jesus, both as Christ as a man, you must know about the world that gave shape to him – the world out of which he arose. – Reza Aslan

It’s become controversial – but for all the wrong reasons. The latest book by best-selling author and noted religion scholar Dr. Reza Aslan is titled Zealot: the Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, and is the culmination of twenty years of research and study, and has garnered plenty of attention. But while wrong-headed commentators make outlandish claims regarding the author’s Muslim faith being the motivation behind the book, it is in fact the unremitting call for social justice – highlighted by careful examination of the circumstances in which Jesus of Nazareth lived and preached – that ought to spark controversy. Because there is a great distance between the teachings of Jesus, and the way Christianity is often practiced today. Dr. Aslan even-handedly points out that this is true in the case of most world religions, and underscores the value for both Christians and non-Christians alike in knowing the real-life circumstances of a man whose followers, two thousand years later, number in the billions.

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"Zealot" author Reza Aslan State of Belief Radio Interview: July 20, 2013

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