Religious scholar Reza Aslan stopped by a FoxNews.com program on Friday to promote his new book about Jesus, but the anchor couldn’t let go of the fact that a Muslim had written “a book about the founder of Christianity.”
In an interview that made the rounds on the Internet over the weekend, Aslan, whose new book Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth has drawn scrutiny from some Christian conservatives, fielded a series of innuendo-laden questions about his own personal faith from FoxNews.com anchor Lauren Green.
“You’re a Muslim, so why did you write a book about the founder of Christianity?” Green asked right off the bat.
A clearly taken-aback Aslan told Green that he wrote the book as an academic, not a Muslim.
“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,” Aslan said. “So it’s not that I’m just some Muslim writing about Jesus. I am an expert with a PhD. in the history of religions.”
Green persisted, however, repeatedly posing questions that insinuated that Aslan had written a hit piece against Christianity.