Thursday, August 1, 2013
Fox Proves Existence of God
by Pa Rock
Reza Aslan is a religious scholar who has a doctorate in the history of religions – and he has studied the New Testament for over twenty years. He is also a fine writer. Aslan is clearly qualified to sift through the remaining evidentiary material and publish a biography on the life of Jesus Christ.
Aslan’s new book, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, reportedly goes a long way toward demystifying Christ and portrays him as illiterate rustic who was highly charismatic and had a strong message. Aslan challenges some of the basic stories of the New Testament, many of which are contradicted other places within the Gospels. He even has the temerity to suggest that Jesus was probably not born in Bethlehem.
The radical reassessment of Jesus should have provided plenty of fodder for Fox “journalist” Lauren Green to tear into the author when she interviewed him on America’s least fair and balanced television network. Inexplicably, however, Ms. Green, who apparently did not even bother to read the book prior to the interview, took an unexpected approach to grilling the author. Instead of attacking what he wrote or even his methodology, she sailed into a personal attack.
Reza Aslan, you see, while eminently qualified to speculate in print on the life of Jesus Christ, is also a Muslim. How, Ms. Green wondered aloud, could a Muslim write about Jesus? Like a dog with a bone, Ms. Green clung tenaciously to her point for ten grueling minutes, repeatedly pointing out that the author was Muslim, ergo incapable of writing accurately about Jesus – all the while ignoring the content of his book.
The American Conservative magazine was appalled with the interview and referred to it as “cringe-worthy,” “ignorant,” and “breathtakingly incurious.” Or, as some might see it, standard Fox fare.
Lauren Green’s interview did produce results, however, though probably not what she and her corporate masters had hoped for. “Zealot” was suddenly the book everyone wanted to read and it quickly shot to number one at Amazon .
I’ve ordered my copy.
Obviously there is a God.