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Reza Aslan Talks to Brian Lehrer About Faith

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

This segment originally aired live on July 16, 2013. That original audio is posted here, although an edited version was included as part of a best-of Brian Lehrer Show episode on December 27. 

It's Five Pillars of Islam week on The Brian Lehrer Show. Every day this week, we're hosting an interfaith conversation based around the Five Pillars: Shahadah (faith), Salat (prayer), Sawm (Ramadan), Zakat (charity) and Hajj (pilgrimage). Today: we'll talk to our guest and take calls on Shahadah (faith) in relation to Islam and all the major monotheistic religions. Reza Aslan, associate professor of creative writing at the University of California, Riverside and author of Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth (Random House, 2013), talks about his book on the "historical" Jesus. 

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Pope Exonerates Jews for Death of Christ

Thursday, March 03, 2011

In a new book, "Jesus of Nazareth: Part II," Pope Benedict exonerates the Jewish people for the death of Jesus Christ. But why has it taken thousands of years to absolve the Jewish community of this crime? And does this say something about the evolving relationship between Jews and Catholics? We talk with Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, president of Clal, The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership. He is also the author of "You Don't Have to be Wrong for Me to be Right."

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