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Below is a clip from a fascinating talk by historian Reza Aslan, author of the controversial: Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth.
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When you get down to it, Jesus was a liberal with courage.
For those who believe Jesus was the son of god, or those who believe Jesus was “just” a man, the book puts the biblical times in a historical perspective. I first read the book by borrowing it from our library, I have since purchased it.
I encourage anyone interested in biblical history, and believers/non-believers, who want more accurate discussions on Jesus, to read it.
Many in the religious community attack the writer for being a Muslim, which he is, having once been, and subsequently becoming, a disenchanted christian.
He ends it well, “this Jesus” is indeed deeply troubling for those who “claim to be following him”. The problem with religion is that what the leaders claim is not what is in the book, or in fact in the life of Jesus. Obviously revisionist history is not a new idea.
If the multitudes actually read and absorb the message of the Bible and the historic Jesus, they would not be thumping it as a weapon against the poor, needy, elderly, “beggars” or even the LGBTQ community the way they do.
Gays and guns things Jesus never talked about…well imagine that. Going to have to read this book.
Sandi Saunders, perhaps you could enlighten us with the “message of the Bible and the historic Jesus” that you seem to have found and all the rest of us followers have missed. Please explain how we are using the Bible and its message as a weapon against the poor, needy, elderly and of course, those poor LGBT folks. How about the pedophiles, do you have a soft spot for them, too? By the way, you left out our war against science because we believe the bible message of a Creator and His creation; our war against women because we oppose abortion; and, our war against civilization because we detest dishonest political leaders.
No Don, I cannot “enlighten” you. I doubt anyone can. I have no doubt that one day those very questions will be answered for you, but not to your liking.
There have been many great thinkers over the course of human history, Jesus being one of them. There are many others, as well. Why not read ‘across’ all the great thinkers and learn to think for yourself? Why does anyone require someone else to tell them what to think or believe? We go to our grave without having fully obtained enlightenment as that search is a life-long process. Trouble is, once one declares to be enlightened, he/she ceases to consider others’ perspectives, thoughts, and notions. Don, if you want to be a “follower” that appears great for you but please still consider being tolerant of others who may not believe or feel as you do. What this country needs right now, are LEADERS! By the way, there is not one single sentence in any version of the Bible that Jesus actually wrote. It is all ‘he said/she said’ and see where that gets you in court (even before you maker’s court on judgment day). At best, “His” words are centuries-old repetitions of folk tales. Great book, great insight into many things, but Jesus did not write a single word in the Bible. Wonder why that is? Maybe he knew there is no concrete answer for all human-kind for all time to come. Jesus’ teaching were for tolerance, forgiveness, and to never hate anyone for anything. That, seems a great permanent notion for all time. Has that changed in your mind, as times have changed? Organized religions seem to preach hatred more than what Jesus taught. Can you honestly say you follow Jesus’ teachings? Your words read otherwise. Science flies you to the moon . . . religion flies you into buildings. There is no difference in a Bible thumping evangelical Christian and an Al-Qaeda terrorist. Both are zealots with nothing positive to offer much less follow the teachings of Jesus.
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Metro Columnist Dan Casey knows a little bit about a lot of things but not a heck of a lot about most things. That doesn't keep him from writing about them, however. So keep him honest!
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