shameless plug… my book speaks about this somewhat, but using actual documents and historical evidences. I do not arrive at the same conclusions as Dr. Aslan.
Let us not forget the substance of his book.
If you haven’t seen nor heard of this interview, Fox News’ “religious correspondent tries to savage Reza Asland, author of a new book about the historical Jesus in which he claims Jesus was a political revolutionary.
‘This is an interesting book. Now I want to clarify, you’re a Muslim, so why did you write a book about the founder of Christianity?’ she said.
He said: ‘Well to be clear, I am a scholar of religions with four degrees — including one in the New Testament, and fluency in biblical Greek, who has been studying the origins of Christianity for two decades — who also just happens to be a Muslim.’
Yes, the interview is awful, but from some accounts, so is the book. See a review posted on Keith and Le Donne’s blog
I am not writing this post to support Fox News. Instead, I am seeing people now offer support for a book they’ve never read simply because of this display of stupidity.
Another thought, of why this approach was taken is this: You know Billy O’Reilly has a book due out soon, Killing Jesus, right? Could it be that this book is pitted against Billy O’s as a way to drive Bill O’s sales? I mean, Bill O, despite divorce, lies and others things is still considered a public Christian figure. By Green’s standards, he and not the academic is qualified to write about Jesus.