Bestselling author Reza Aslan presents a historical account of the life of Jesus in his new critically acclaimed book entitled Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth. The book covers the life and times of Jesus, emphasizing his role as a revolutionary political leader in the rebellion against the Romans. The debate surrounding the book’s publication and the public conservative reaction shows the ever persistent popular trends in conflating the Jesus of History and the Christ of Faith. Zealot inevitably questions common perceptions of Jesus of Nazareth that portray him as a peaceful spiritual leader rather than a politically conscious revolutionary.
On September 9th, Reza Aslan will explore the reasons why the early Christian church preferred to promulgate an image of Jesus as a peaceful spiritual teacher rather than a politically conscious revolutionary and aim to understand the mystery at the heart of all of Jesus Christ’s subsequent claims about his divinity.
This event is sponsored by the Muslim Students Association at Columbia, and co-sponsored by the Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life. The event will be held in the James Room in Barnard Hall at 7:30 pm. The event is free and open to the public. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. Refreshments will be served.