Podcast #182 – Reza Aslan (Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth)

We interview scholar Reza Aslan, author of Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth (available in hardcover and for Kindle). In this new book, he seeks to separate the mythological Jesus from the actual, historical figure. For more about Reza Aslan, visit RezaAslan.com.


David and Vonda will miss it this year, but John and Allison will be at the upcoming Atlanta Star Party, Thursday, August 29, 7PM on the campus of Emory University. Guests will include astronomers Phil Plait, Nicole Gugliucci, Pamela Gay and Derek Demeter. For more visit AtlantaStarParty.com.

John will be introducing Dr. Frans de Waal (The Bonobo and the Atheist) at the Decatur Book Festival, Sunday, September 1, 5PM. For more visit DecaturBookFestival.com.

Finally, our live presentation of American Freethought will be Sunday, September 1, 10PM at Dragon*Con’s SkepTrack! For more visit SkepTrack.org. See you there!

To listen to this episode click here.

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2 Responses to Podcast #182 – Reza Aslan (Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth)

  1. George says:

    Aslan takes the existence of a historical Jesus as a given – a view that is challenged by some including Richard Carrier whose soon to be released book is “On the Historicity of Jesus.” I believe that it is more likely than not an apocalyptic Jewish preacher named Yeshuah from the Galilee (the probability of such a person existing 2,000 years ago is near 100%) was executed by the Romans and he (or maybe they rolled into he) served as part of the inspiration for the Jesus movement within Judean culture which ultimately gave rise to xianity.

    A great source – and you should have him on your podcast – is Philip Harland at York University whose blog and podcast (derived from the classes he teaches) is The Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean –

  2. Grover says:

    Dr. Aslan was interviewed on Fox News, and all the interviewer wanted to talk about was why a Muslim was writing about Jesus. This is further support for my long-held view that “Fox News” is an oxymoron.


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