1Sahil Badruddin = ""Meanwhile, I continued my academic work in religious studies, delving back into the Bible not as an unquestioning believer but as an
inquisitive scholar. No longer chained to the assumption that the stories I read were literally true, I became aware of a more meaningful
truth in the text, a truth intentionally detached from the exigencies of history. Ironically, the more I learned about the life of the historical
Jesus, the turbulent world in which he lived, and the brutality of the Roman occupation that he defied, the more I was drawn to him.
Indeed, the Jewish peasant and revolutionary who challenged the rule of the most powerful empire the world had ever known and lost
became so much more real to me than the detached, unearthly being I had been introduced to in church.
Today, I can confidently say that two decades of rigorous academic research into the origins of Christianity has made me a more
genuinely committed disciple of Jesus of Nazareth than I ever was of Jesus Christ. My hope with this book is to spread the good news of
the Jesus of history with the same fervor that I once applied to spreading the story of the Christ."-Zealot, Reza Aslan "