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The Reza Aslan interview reveals our collective ignorance

If you didn't know the name Lauren Green until a few days ago, you likely do now. In a display that was embarrassing even by Fox News standards, Green earned herself a special place in a canon of cringe over the weekend when she interviewed author Dr. Reza Aslan about his new book, "Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth." "You’re a Muslim," she declared as her opening salvo. "So, why did you write a book about the founding of Christianity?" "Well, to be clear," he replied, "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 happens to be Muslim. I am an expert with a PhD in religions. It's not just that I'm some Muslim writing about Jesus." Green's unblinking response? "It still begs the question, why would you be interested in the founder of Christianity?" Well, sure, you possess four degrees and twenty years of experience and know Biblical Greek, but what else have you got?

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