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Monday, July 29, 2013

Bestselling book about Jesus sparks outcry among evangelical Christians after author is identified as a Muslim

The Christians who seem to be upset about this book's author - who said he found Jesus at the age of 15 though was born into a Muslim family - usually don't have a problem with a Christian writing or talking about Islam.

Book about Jesus sparks outcry among evangelical Christians after author is identified as a Muslim

From the piece:

'Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth' by Reza Aslan has surged to No. 2 on Amazon's bestselling list. The book explores the earthly life of Jesus of Nazareth, as opposed to Jesus Christ, the son of God.  

As Aslan made the rounds this week to publicize his book in interviews with NPR, Huffington Post, MSNBC and others, he has become the target of anti-Muslim rhetoric online.

Author and pastor John S. Dickerson blasted media outlets for conveying Aslan as a religion scholar while 'fail[ing]to mention that he is a devout Muslim.'

'"Zealot" is not new work from a historian,' Dickerson writes in a column on FoxNews.com. 'It is a sophisticated presentation of views that Muslims have held about Jesus for more than 1,000 years.'

Calling the book a 'fast-paced demolition of the core beliefs that Christianity has taught about Jesus for 2,000 years,' Dickerson says 'Pouring praise onto “Zealot” as new information about Jesus, without explaining its author’s devotion to a combating religion, is blatant bias.'

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