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Published: Tuesday, July 30 2013 4:00 p.m. MDT

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American Fork, UT

'Controversial' interview? Not really. The reporter was kind of dense about it and hung up on one point but the author managed to move the process forward in spite of her.

Goose Creek, SC

I believe underlying anger of the interviewer might stem from a Christian outraged at the thought of the Savior being turned into a mere man...applauded for his contribution to society, but still described as only a mere man in history.

very concerned
Sandy, UT

Either Jesus is who He said he is, the Son of God, or the grandest of all hoaxes. The scriptures are replete with the claims he made to be the Messiah, the Son of God. One cannot separate his spiritual nature (Son of God) from his teachings. To say he was anything but the Savior would make Him a consummate liar. I don't believe He was a liar, but that he WAS, and is, the Word of truth.

I for one believe He was who he said He was. The literal offspring of God the Father and mortal Mary. He taught revolutionary doctrine, it is true. It was revolutionary to teach us to seek for peace, to love our enemies, and treat others as we would like to be treated. It was also revolutionary that He gave His life freely for our good. His teachings about human nature are transcendent. His teachings about spirituality, spiritual growth, & consequences are also above anything that has ever been written.

He is the creator of this earth and, through His crowning atonement, the father of our salvation. In other words without Him there would be not hope for us. None.

Dammam, Saudi Arabia

If Christ was a jewish nationalist why then did he dodge the question when asked if it was lawful to give tribute to Ceasar? He could have said a lot about not paying tribute, but he didn't. He also could have taken a more hardline stance when interrogated by Pilate.

I saw a youtube video where a speaker said that jesus only claimed toi be the Messiah in John and therefore, it was not really Christ who claimed to be the Messiah, rather it was John who made it up. Then I opened up Matthew and looked at his trial by the Sanherdrin in Matthew. The Sanhedrin were pretty convinced that he said he was the Messiah in Matthew.

I haven't seen the interview, but sometimes people claim to make new discoveries about Christ or the Bible based on made-up facts that don't stand up to examination.

South Jordan, UT

Can you accept that nobody is required to believe as you do?

Salt Lake City, UT

Wow...I think I will write a book about Muhammad as written by a Christian and ex-toll that he was nothing more than a mere man, not even a prophet! And then cash in with a Liberal radio station tour!

The problem with my theory is that, No one that can afford a book listens to NPR or watches a liberal TV station, it wasn't until she went on Fox news, that anyone shelled out money to buy her ludicrous assertion!

Love skiing
Salt Lake City, UT

The bible was written 100 years after Jesus and it was inline with what they believe then. We are way smarter today with all the information and research that has been done. The bible was also written by man, the most corrupt and ruthless creature on this planet. I choose to believe in science and not a deity. If someone believe in him, more power to you. We just need to respect each and every belief system and don't knock other about it. If it's not for you or me, it's for someone else. Love and respect for each other goes a long way.


The PhD degree is based on a dissertation, coursework and, needless to say, many exams. The coursework is usually focused on one academic discipline. However, the dissertation can focus on academic topics that defy traditional academic departments. Therefore, it may not make sense to pin a scholar to one conventional discipline, especially if his or her publications form a tapestry - such as good scholarship connects a range of topics into a whole. Historians, for example, write about scientists, politicians, military conflicts and a whole host of topics.

I like to remind folks of the ancient Jain parable of the blind men and the elephant. There is only one elephant. Your viewpoint should not matter.

Hank Pym

re: Hutterite

I heard that Aslan pretty much stymied & perplexed the Fox reporter. That would have been priceless to see after all the belligerence and Springer like tactics used by O'reilly and the lot.

Mister J
Salt Lake City, UT

to Philosopher...

Your thought remind od the following attributed Pope Leo X, "It has served us well, this myth of Christ."

re: Tekakaromatagi

"why then did he dodge the question when asked if it was lawful to give tribute to Ceasar?"

Matt 22:21 isn't dodging it.

"The Sanhedrin were pretty convinced that he said he was the Messiah in Matthew. "

Confirmation and/or hindsight bias, perhaps?

Church member
North Salt Lake, UT

to: very concerned

That is easy. It is a hoax.

very concerned
Sandy, UT

I believe in Christ, as my posting hopefully indicated. But I hope I am not being overbearing. Yes, people are free to disagree, to not believe as I do. That is the greatness of our constitution, one of the few governing documents in the world to guarantee that right.

But what's more than the constitution, there is the idea of agency, in which all are free to choose their beliefs and actions. I believe we are not just animals. We actually have a will to use as we see fit. We hopefully quickly learn that our beliefs and (because beliefs usually lead to actions as night follows day) actions have consequences.

Yes, you and I are free to believe and act as we like. Not so much how things turn out after we have acted, but indeed still free.

Sugar City, ID

It is impossible to "prove" the divinity of Christ solely from the records that we have. Fortunately, we have access through the witness of the Holy Spirit to know of the divinity of Jesus Christ. Since I have that witness, some of these different positions might be interesting but most of it is "straining at gnats" and tediously boring.

Saint George, UT

Love skiing: Without God there is no respect and love. It is clever to state that you can be an atheist that understands love and respect, but without God there is only man's standard for 'love and respect', a sorry condition if there ever was one. Without God, the world is replete with man's definition of what constitutes love and respect, every one from Hitler to Karl Marx were concerned with 'love and respect', and stated so, only to use the power gained from such bogus propaganda to destroy millions of laws. All it takes is enough people to believe in man's definition of 'love and respect' to begin the march toward Gomorrah and destruction of unalienable rights.

Twin Lights
Louisville, KY

This is all just way overblown. Jewish. Christian, and atheist scholars write about Islam. No problem with it going the other way.

La Vegrne, TN

I have not read 'Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth' but I now do want to read this fascinating book.
As for Dr. Aslan's creds: he did receive a Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology of Religion from the University of California, Santa Barbara as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies from Santa Clara University, a Master of Theological Studies degree from Harvard Divinity School, and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Iowa's Writers' Workshop, where he was named the Truman Capote Fellow in Fiction.
Now, what some people may or may not know is that History as well as Sociology, although not the same, however, are both a social science and humanities - academically speaking.

Regardless, Dr. Aslan has the right to research, study and even write about Christianity as a Christian can research, study and write about Islam or Paganism or Harry Potter.

Salt Lake City, UT

Any religion or man that could be fully and scientifically described by mortal man would make me very hesitant to become involved in such a belief system. The whole point of God and Jesus Christ and religion is that it is higher than we are. When we try to apply our own opinions and scholarship to such a subject as religion, we will ultimately always fall short. If Jesus Christ has the power to overcome death, how possibly could we believe that he somehow is petty and simple enough for anyone, Christian, Muslim, Jew, complete hater, disenchanted pagan, scientist.....to depict fully in a book?

Cache county, USA

Speaking of my savior in these types of books makes me sad. Not mad. But sad. It's a shock value world these days.

Danbury, CT

This book is nothing new in terms of the Muslim POV vs. Christainity. The Dome of the Rock has writing in Arabic proclaiming that "Jesus is not the son of God". Walking up the street in Nazareth to the Church of the Nativity is a banner in English and Arabic saying the same. Aside from Muslims, there are millions the world over eager for any "scholarly" work saying Jesus is not the Son of God.

I don't care if Aslan has 10 PhD's or reams of footnotes. The Bible is not the kind of book that can be "sourced". You either believe it or you don't. For me, the most tangible evidence is that the teachings really do have the power to change individuals and change the world. We've tried hate and revenge. Forgiveness and unconditional love are the only answers to what troubles the world.

Danbury, CT


I totally agree Aslan can research or write whatever he likes. But is he writing this work as a Fiction writer or Historian? How do you "source" the Bible? The most you can do is cite someone's "opinion" of historicity.

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