The controversial “Zealot” The Life And times Of Jesus Of Nazareth by Reza Aslan is available in the KUC library.
The Kirkus Review states:
- “A well-researched, readable biography of Jesus of Nazareth.”
- “Jesus of Nazareth is not the same as Jesus Christ.”
- “Aslan has made the study of religion his life’s work, and it shows.
The Gospels weren’t written during Jesus’ lifetime, but rather between A.D. 70 and 120, and they certainly weren’t written by the men whose names are attached to them. In fact, every word written about Jesus was written by people who never knew him in life—even though Paul claimed to know Jesus intimately, not as man, but as God.
For readers who believe that the Bible is the true word of God and its meaning must be taken literally, Aslan’s book will awaken doubt. The ancients did not see a difference between myth and reality, and eyewitness history did not exist…. The authors of the Gospels were writing for the express purpose of explaining that Jesus wasn’t just another professional wonder worker; one thing set him apart.
Why has Christianity taken hold and flourished? This book will give you the answers in the simplest, most straightforward, comprehensible manner.
Also new to our library:
Christianity after Religion by Diana Butler Bass
An Introduction To The United Church Of Canada
Kissing Fish: Christianity For People Who Don’t Like Christianity by Roger Wolsey