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" The Jews integrated themselves into American life to the point that the argument that the Jews aren't American sounded so stupid, that people stopped thinking it. "
" Every single interview I have ever done on TV or in print says I'm a Muslim. "
" There were dozens of people who walked through the Holy Land claiming to be the Messiah, curing the sick, exorcising demons, challenging Rome, gathering followers. In a way, there's nothing unique about what Jesus did. In fact, many of these so-called false Messiahs we know by name. "
" Religion is never going to go away, and anyone who thinks it will doesn't understand what religion is. It is a language to describe the experience of human nature, so for as long as people struggle to describe what it means to be alive, it will be a ready-made language to express those feelings. "
" 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. "
" It is the job of the historian to say what is likely, and of faith to say what is possible. "
" The key to recognizing who Jesus was is to recognize this fundamental truth: He was a Jew. "
" I'm interested in the origins of the religious experience, how the history of religion has evolved over the last umpteen thousand years, and where religiosity is going in the future. I think that's a topic I've been chewing on for a few years; I would love to eventually work on and produce a book out of it. "
" 'Zeal' is essentially a compromising devotion to God, a commitment to cleansing the Holy Land of all foreign and pagan presences and to re-establish the kingdom of David as God had intended. "
" I wouldn't call myself a Christian because I do not believe that Jesus is God, nor do I believe that he ever thought that he was God, or that he ever said that he was God. "
" In the history of the prophetic biblical canon that starts with Genesis, the Koran is by far the most tolerant of the views of other religions. "
" Whether or not you believe that after three days of being dead and entombed, Jesus got up and walked out of his own accord, what you cannot argue about is the fervent belief of the followers that this happened. "
" A cosmic war is like a ritual drama in which participants act out on Earth a battle they believe is actually taking place in the heavens. "
" Whether you're talking about MSNBC or Fox or CNN, it's all about getting enough interest out there, sensationalizing the story in such a way that people are compelled to tune in. "
" The idea of literalism in the Bible is a very new phenomenon. In many ways, it's a product of the scientific revolution. "
" What the printing press is to Christianity in the 16th century, that's what the Internet is doing to Islam now. It has opened up the monopoly over the interpretation of Islam that used to solely belong to the religious class. "
" I'm a person of faith, and the language that I use to define my faith, the symbols and metaphors that I rely upon to express my faith, are those provided by Islam because they make the most sense to me. "
" Religion doesn't make people bigots. People are bigots and they use religion to justify their ideology. "
" Mike Huckabee and indeed many of the Christian conservatives in the U.S. have far more in common with the Muslim Brotherhood than they'd like to admit, in that all of them very much want to see a role of religion in society. "
" The more I started studying the historical Jesus, the man who lived 2,000 years ago... the more I started to realize that there was this chasm between the historical Jesus and the Jesus that I had been taught about in church. "
" The truth of the matter is that when you write about religion like I do, you're writing about something that people take very seriously. "
" There's nothing more distasteful than an academic having to, like, trot out his credentials. You really come off as a jerk when you do that. "
" I think if you place Jesus firmly in the historical context... you can make very educated hypotheses and guesses about how he lived. "
" In the 5,000-year history of Jewish thought, the notion of a God-man is completely anathema to everything Judaism stands for. "
" There's only one reason to be crucified under the Roman Empire, and that is for treason or sedition. Crucifixion, we have to understand, was not actually a form of capital punishment for Rome. In fact, it was often the case that the criminal would be killed first and then crucified. "