In our first video from the author of Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, he explains how he thinks the historical Jesus would react to present day Catholicism:

Reza’s answers, of course, presuppose that Jesus was/is not the Son of God. In the light of faith, however, the question our reader posed is a bizarre one: Jesus is already at the Mass, in the Eucharist. He’s there every time it is celebrated. And that’s what is so frustrating about Aslan’s book: its dismissal of any radical claims Jesus made for saving the entire world makes Jesus a much smaller figure, one who would never have had the enormous impact he had on human consciousness and civilization. Which makes me think I should ask Reza for a podcast conversation soon. After he has had his say in dialogue with you.

Reza is an Iranian-American writer and scholar of religions. He is the author of No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam and, most recently, Zealot, which offers an interpretation of the life and mission of the historical Jesus. Previous Dish on Zealot here, here and here, as well as Fox News’ treatment of Reza here and here.

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