This is a case where I simply disagree with the research of the author, Reza Aslan. Reza used the reason, "Scholars disagree" many times as a basis for discrediting the Bible. Furthermore, Reza quoted Josephus to contradict a portion of the scriptures, where I thought the Josephus writing actually confirmed the killing of John the Baptist during 28 to 30 CE. I tried to approach this book with an open mind, and provide the author a chance to make his case for Jesus basically being a worthy zealot, but not the son of God. Time and time again, Reza would select Gospel scripture, and simply discredit it for the reason, "Scholars disagree...", and insinuate that about 50% of the Gospels is purely mythical. For those who choose to doubt the Gospels, this would be a great read.
In my humble opinion, the book was not well researched. It appeared to me that the author had an agenda of discrediting the Gospels, and used this book as a forum to do so. Reza's favorite reason for disagreeing with the New Testament is "Scholars disagree." I could also add, that many scholars over the last 2,000 years do indeed agree. I will concede that much of the Bible is based on faith, and the Bible makes that clear.
Reza's performance was okay.
The character that I would cut from Zealot would be the author. The book is a worthy subject. Jesus was indeed a zealot, and many other things as well.
If you are looking for a book to discredit Christianity, this could be for you. I would encourage readers to research this subject further in other sources.
This single book does a great job of explaining how the Bible was written by 40 authors, over a 1,000 plus year time period, from different geographic places, who could not have collaborated, yet the Bible is one unified message. Book also elaborates on the historical accuracy of the Bible, as well as fulfillment of Biblical prophecies.
"The Like Switch" met all of my expectations. There is a lot of valuable information in this book, and I plan to refer back to it often. This is one of those books that you might want to read every year.
The author, Dairmaid MacCulloch, misquoted many basic Bible facts, that any child growing up attending Sunday school would know. I anticipated a well researched book, in which I would learn new information. However, the more I listened to this audio book, the continued historical inaccuracies became too much of an irritation to continue to listen.
Too many historical inaccuracies to be taken as a credible read.
Walter Dixon is an excellent narrator, and once again did a fine job reading subject book.
Disappointed that the author claimed expertise in a subject they barely knew. Sad in the knowledge that I wasted a credit on this author. There are several good books available on this subject, but don't waste your money on this one.
Audible should refund credits anytime its products are this bad.
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