If you haven’t been living under a rock this week you have undoubtedly seen the reactions to Dr. Reza Aslan’s interview on Fox.com. While Dr. Aslan might have been acting defensively, Bob, Jason and I all agree that he did have the right to do so. His new book, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth explores the not so new idea that if there was an historical Jesus, that he would have been a religious zealot. One who was crucified for treason due to the amount of rabble rousing he did. The theory is one of the more solid arguments concerning Jesus.
For example, in Mark 15:47 when Jesus is crucified, he is said to have been placed with two thieves. However, the translation is a poor one, and the Greek “lestos” actually means a bandit or a brigand. An anarchist in the eyes of Rome, and someone who would threaten the stability of the new Roman regime in this frontier province. Crucifixion was reserved for the most heinous of acts, and treason was one of them. Bob, Jason and I dig right in, to not only the arguments made by Dr. Aslan about his right to write a book on the subject but also, to the argument itself.
We also dig more into our listener Aaron’s discussion with us about Intelligent Design. We discuss the nature of analogies in explaining complicated ideas, how biology is more than a game of legos where one piece being added or taken away has to give a working function but rather how parts are both added while other parts are changed, and how ring species show definitive proof of speciation and thus one “kind” becoming another “kind.”
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