Aspen Ideas to Go Podcast: Jesus of History versus Christ of Faith

March 10, 2016  • Aspen Ideas To Go

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Sifting through centuries of myth making, author Reza Aslan sheds new light on one of history’€™s most influential and enigmatic figures by examining Jesus within the context of the times in which he lived: the age of zealotry. Balancing the Jesus of the Gospels against historical sources, Aslan describes a man of peace who exhorted his followers to arm themselves; an exorcist and faith healer who urged his disciples to keep his identity secret; and the seditious “King of the Jews,” whose promise of liberation from Rome went unfulfilled in his lifetime.

In the video below, Aslan features photos of the likeness of Jesus as seen from different cultures. He says the Jesus of history is malleable, taking on different ethnicities, cultures and even religions that reflect those who worship him.