Sunday, July 28, 2013

Fox Host Incredulous That Muslim Scholar Wrote About Jesus

In an interview, Fox News host Lauren Green was incredulous that religious scholar Reza Aslan, a Muslim, would write a book about Christianity, "Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth." Aslan tried to explain that the topic interests him as a scholar and that it's also his job as an academic to write about religion. Green then read from a column, "Liberal Media Love New Jesus Book 'Zealot,' Fail to Mention Author is Muslim," by John S. Dickerson, who wrote that Aslan is “an educated Muslim” with an “opinion” about Jesus. Again, Aslan explained as patiently as possible that he is an historian with a doctorate who didn't write an "opinion," but an "academic work of history." Aslan's corrections eluded the Fox host, who returned to his religion repeatedly. Watch:

GREEN: This is an interesting book. Now I want to clarify, you’re a Muslim, so why did you write a book about the founder of Christianity?

ASLAN: Well to be clear, I am a scholar of religions with four degrees — including one in the New Testament, and fluency in biblical Greek, who has been studying the origins of Christianity for two decades — who also just happens to be a Muslim. So it’s not that I’m just some Muslim writing about Jesus, I am an expert with a Ph.D in the history of religions…

GREEN: But it still begs the question why would you be interested in the founder of Christianity?

ASLAN: Because it’s my job as an academic. I am a professor of religion, including the New Testament. That’s what I do for a living, actually.


Michael The Molar Maven said...

This is a perfect example of both Fox's narrow-mindedness as well as the spin the network puts on most issues. I'm impressed with Aslan's self control. Green comes off as a rabble-rousing, simple thinking amateur.

Jeff Tone said...

I think Aslan is making an effort to stay patient as he's dealing with absurd, insulting contentions.