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By Tom Driscoll
Sept. 29, 2013 11:20 a.m.


A while back I posted some thoughts on the controversy over Reza Azlan’s book on Jesus. More specifically my subject was the dust up over an appearance Azlan had made on Fox News, purportedly to discuss his book, which had quickly devolved into a confrontation over ‘why a Muslim would want to write a book about Jesus anyway!’ My most forlorn sigh was at the offered analogy of the Fox News host —’it’s like why would a Democrat write a book about Reagan!’ My core point back in July was that whether or not the scholarship and reasoning were arguable we should see some merit in hearing out views of dissent and skepticism, differing perspective —that this pluralism in public consideration was a central concept in our political culture. We were all in trouble if we forgot that. I promised I’d have more to say about the substance of Azlan’s book once I read it.
‘Zealot, The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth’ finally showed up at my local library last week. Now, having read the book, I can finally report…

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