This interview with Reza Aslan about his new book Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth has been all over the internet but I got to watch it only today. The scholar of religions amazingly keeps his cool with what has to be one of the most obtuse interviewers I have ever seen. Even though he ends up explaining basic things about the nature of academic studies to Lauren Green like she was a child, she still does not seem to get it.
Green seems absolutely flabbergasted that a Muslim would have the nerve to write a book about Jesus. Does she have any idea about the number of Christian scholars who write about other religions? She seems to suspect that Aslan’s book was a hatchet job motivated by Islam but it was clear that she had no idea what was actually in the book and simply quotes other people’s criticisms. Given that Aslan treats Jesus as a historical figure (as Muslim orthodoxy asserts) and not a fictional one the way that some other scholars do, he has already gone further to satisfy Christians than others might have done.
The interview was quite hilarious but made me wonder: Where does Fox News find these people?
You can read some of the Twitter jokes inspired by the interview here.