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Topic - Reza Aslan
A Christian-turned-Muslim who penned a book about the life of Jesus and included such controversial findings as the son of God never considered himself a deity has catapulted into bestseller status, hitting No. 1 on Amazon sales lists for the United States.
Iranian-American scholar Reza Aslan has grabbed a fair amount of headlines the past 10 days since his contentious interview with Fox News Channel religion correspondent Lauren Green. The fact that trying to discuss a complex subject via remote video connection — Mr. Aslan was not in the studio with Ms. Green — can yield problems was, sadly, demonstrated in a clip that "went viral," as is often said about Internet-based miscellany.
Special elections at select spots in the United States for Iranian-Americans and expatriates to vote on Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's replacement kick off Friday, but voter turnout is low as young people in particular see their ballots as worthless.
All this, of course, Mr. Aslan has every right to assert, as it is his privilege to write and publish a book promoting his view of Jesus.
But, he adds, "there are only two hard historical facts about Jesus of Nazareth upon which we can confidently rely. The first is that Jesus was a Jew who led a popular Jewish movement in Palestine at the beginning of the first century C.E. The second is that Rome crucified him for doing so."