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Published: Friday, Aug. 2 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

Are you saying: 1-A Muslim can't be educated about Jesus and 2- not to buy the book because that would put money in a Muslim's pocket?
I will wager this book puts far more real, honest insight into the life of Jesus than anything sold at Deseret Book.

embarrassed Utahn!
Salt Lake City, UT

Revisionist history is fine, go ahead and practice it as fervently as you practice your "judeo-christian beliefs". This country was founded upon freedom of religion, which includes much to your dismay, the freedom to not be religious. Deal with it.

Blue
Salt Lake City, UT

Dr. Aslan is a scholar of religions. His credentials in this field are impressive.

Is a Mormon scholar expected to not write about other religions?

Yes, I know to Christians the story of Jesus is considered sacred. Does that mean that you refuse to objectively evaluate the history of Christianity? Apparently it does.

And btw, the statement that "we are a country founded on Judeo-Christian beliefs" is _not_ supported by the evidence. The people who founded our nation represented a broad array of beliefs (and non-beliefs) and what is clear from the process they employed in creating our constitution and the document itself is that they worked hard to keep religion of all types away from the government.

Midvaliean
MIDVALE, UT

Skeptical scrutiny is the means, in both science and religion, by which deep thoughts can be winnowed from deep nonsense.
- Carl Sagan -

George
New York, NY

So he is "a good man and author, and he has good extensive notes and bibliography in the book," but we should not support this author by buyinh his book because he is "Muslim" and we are a "Christian country?"

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

If your faith survives this scrutiny, great. If not, maybe you never really had it. But keep in mind one of the greatest values we have, be it 'judeo christian' or not, is the free exchange of ideas.

Darrel
Eagle Mountain, UT

Islam considers Jesus to be one of their prophets, but don't worship him as God like the Christians do.

And we act shocked that a Muslim author would write something along those same lines.

Stop the presses!

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

And you fell for the idiotic vitriol spewed in that interview by foxnews.

If we followed your logic (and the logic of the woman who interviewed her on foxnews) then we wouldn't have much history to study from. History is constantly written, rewritten, rehashed, and disputed by outsiders. Guess who has written most Native American history? Yep, you guessed it, white Christians, NOT Native Americans. When you study the Holocaust or WWII, are the authors Jewish Europeans or German Nazis, or "outsiders?"

Proclaiming that only Christians can write about Christianity and Muslims can only write about Islam is that same close-minded mentality that foxnews was trying to sell. If anything, the bias of being "an outsider" helps eliminate the bias that would otherwise be present in a "reborn" or otherwise "converted" Christian. It completely ignores how history has been written and studied.

In other words, Foxnews presented a stupid trap and you foolishly fell for the bait. They merely wanted to stir the pot and generate hard feelings in their base towards this author, and it worked. More class warfare on the basis of religion. divide and conquer! So sad.

Pete234
Sandy, UT

... and just look at the Holy Qur'an, there are lots of stories about Jesus, and even a whole chapter on Mary mother of Jesus, and a chapter on Moses, all written hundreds of years ago. Islam accepted all the old prophets and their teachings, didn't just declare they were all wrong.

Henderson
Orem, UT

Hence Dorothy, why this book is peer-reviewed. Because obviously, everyone has a bias. But the hopes are, peers who have studied history and religion can now read and study this book and review it. They can critique it. They can show what he got wrong and what he got right. This isn't some attack on Christianity but a scholarly study of it. Chances are, you weren't going to read it anyway (no matter what the author's religion was).

So stop sweating over the small stuff. If anything, the completely disrespectful interview by Fox News was a bigger deal. How dare you invite a scholar, like the author of this book, and treat him in such a ridiculous manner! That girl did no research on him and kept asking the same questions, "how his faith in Islam has made his writings about Christianity worthless."

FreedomFighter41
Provo, UT

Dorothy, if it really was fine then why did you write this letter? Obviously, it wasn't "just fine."

Eric Samuelsen
Provo, UT

Reza Aslan is a prominent, respected scholar of religion. His religious beliefs are essentially irrelevant to the content of the book. He doesn't present the Muslim Jesus either. Just the Jesus found in historical sources. Including, of course, the New Testament.

Hank Pym
SLC, UT

re: Blue

Agreed. Turn about is fair play. How many times have Christians 'discussed' Mohammed?

Dr Aslan can speak Biblical Greek which is more than 98% of us on this site can do. So, I'm willing to give him some leeway.

Irony Guy
Bountiful, Utah

And when a Christian scholar writes a book about Mohammed that doesn't buy into the Islamic religion, should we not buy his book either? I'm sure that would promote understanding all around . . .

nonceleb
Salt Lake City, UT

Aslan's religious affiliation recuses him from writing historical commentaries which might conflict with your "sacred" beliefs? (By the way, his wife was raised evangelical Christian and he has a PhD in religious history.) He has been accused of "bias." Which is more objective, a believer who tries to reconcile history to fit their preconceived beliefs, or an outsider who looks at the facts and uses logical conclusions. "Zealot" should not be that controversial. Jesus would have been viewed as political rebel by the Romans. According to the New Testament, he was crucified for what we call today "sedition" or "treason." The crime of those crucified was posted. For Jesus it read "King of the Jews."

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

Just a remind,
Jews don't believe Jesus is God either, and is at best only a prophet.

Muslims believe the same, if not HIGHER moral values than most Jews or Christians.
[no drugs, no alcohol, no pornography, no abortions, no homosexuality, no pre or extra marital sex, praying 5 times daily, fasting, strong families, a literal resurrection, Jesus is the final Judge, ect.]

Hence their calling America the "Great Satan".
[they see America with it's sex, drugs, bikinis, most people living together, ]

So much for the letter writers claim of America's higher morality.

There You Go Again
Saint George, UT

"...the completely disrespectful interview by Fox News...".

I thank FOX News everyday for their disrespectful interviews...

Great material

FreedomFighter41
Provo, UT

Why was Roland Kayser's comment deleted? It had at least 10 likes.

Wally West
SLC, UT

To There You Go Again

What About Keith Olbermann, John Stewart, etc...?

What in Tucket?
Provo, UT

Let us make some things clear on this gentleman: he has 4 degrees a bachelor's in religion, a master's in religion, a Ph.D in sociology, and a master's in fiction writing. He also teaches protests. He is a Muslim. I suggest there may be a conflict of interest. To say his credentials are impeccable may not be correct.

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